‘The Starry Night” is the famous painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in 1889. It came immediately to mind when I came across the photographic work of Vincent Brady. Funny how we are describing two Vincent’s in a different genre and era. In his series, entitled “Planetary Panorama” , Vincent Brady has captured some of the most breathtaking 360 panoramas. The photo panorama of Devils Tower and the Heavens in Wyoming captures a Van Gogh moment.
“I had quite an eerie night visiting Devils Tower. . . I was only one out there overnight and had an unforgettable experience stargazing at this iconic monument.”
Vincent describes his workflow on his website. He will travel by day to scout for the perfect location. When the skies are clear and basing his calculations on the Milky Way’s position in the sky, he will set up a set of 4 cameras. Each camera will rotate in the night sky capturing up to 200 images per camera. Each camera will take 1-2 minute exposures for up to 2 or 3 hours.
He will then use sophisticated software for blending and stitching the photos together. Using photoshop and PTGui Pro software to get his final image completed.
“I find the best results when scoping out locations in the daytime before going out into the pitch blackness. I typically but not always setup just before sundown and take a few photos while sunlight is still present and blend in these shots with the night scene to bring out some details in the elements.”
“While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip! Since the Earth is rotating at a steady 1,040 mph I created a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion. Thus the images show the stars rotating around the north star as well as the effect of the southern pole as well and a 360 degree panorama of the scene on Earth. Each camera is doing nonstop long exposures, typically about 1 minute consecutively for the life of the camera battery. Usually about 3 hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse. I created my rig in January of 2013 while in my final semester at Lansing Community College before receiving an associates degree in photography.”
“Given it was winter in Michigan, I didn’t get to chase the notorious clear moonless night sky as much as I had hoped as the region has lots of cloud cover that time of year. Though I was ready on the rare night to go experiment. After graduating in May I had built up quite the urge to hit the road. My rig has taken me to firefly parties in Missouri, dark eerie nights at Devils Tower, through Logan Pass at Glacier National Park, up the mountains of British Columbia, and around the amazing arches and sandstone monuments in the Great American Southwest.” (Source: Vincentbrady.com)
Vincent Brady received an Associates Degree in Photography from Lansing Community College in May of 2013. He has been traveling and creating images since graduation.
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