World's First Sunset Hyperlapse Shot From An Airplane (VIDEO)

The last time we checked in on photographer and editor Matthew Vandeputte, he took us on an incredible motion time-lapse trip from Belgium to Australia.

Now he has accomplished a photographic feat by capturing the world's first sunset shot from an airplane hyperlapse, "a special photography technique where you take a series of photos with similar framing while physically moving in between every shot."

Vandeputte writes about some of the background behind the mesmerizing shoot:

Last week I was about to fly back from Coolangata airport (Gold Coast, Australia) to Sydney when I noticed the sun was about to set with some great cloud coverage. Knowing that I'd have a big chance of shooting some great stills, I loaded up my Canon 5D MkIII with a fresh battery and two empty memory cards, ready to shoot. Lens of choice was the Canon 24-105L, great focal range and incredibly useful built in stabilization. During take-off I could see beautiful "God rays" forming (sunlight shooting through the clouds, creating golden rays of light) and got very excited...

20 minutes later, the clouds were looking great from 30,000 feet up in the air, and I decided to try out some hyperlapse sequences by setting my camera to Drive-mode, and shooting continuous stills. What I was able to shoot next was unique, and incredibly exciting to capture.

The plane angled itself towards the setting sun. I had just shot a number of cloud sequences where you can actually see the light changing gradually, as the sun was getting closer and closer towards the edge of the clouds at the horizon. Right when the climax was about to happen, I was able to compose a frame where the planes wing wasn't visible, and I had a clear line of sight of the sun going down.

Holding the camera very, very still, controlling my breathing and annoying everyone around me with my fast paced shutter firing, I knew I was in the process of capturing a world's first!

You can see the full gallery of photos from the flight here, and if you'd like to learn more about the photographer or the process for this work, you can go to his blog here.



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