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Earthereal II: Around the World Again [Video]

Earlier this week we shared Earthereal, a stunning time lapse video of photos taken from the International Space Station. Now we’re back with the second, and equally as beautiful, edition.

Adonis Pulatus, the same patient photographer that edited the first video, highlights what is new with this one:

The film project required the processing of more than 84GB of data (amounting to more than 66K JPEG images). It could be easily appreciated that the astronauts encountered very challenging lighting conditions in orbit. Often, it was necessary for the ISS crew to shoot at high ISO values in order to achieve the desired exposure. In order to get the smooth, contrasty look I was aiming for, I used the tools provided by Adobe Lightroom to increase contrast and drastically reduce the noise in the NASA images. The results speak for themselves, as the opening sequences could almost justify a subtitle like “Alien Earth Edition”, such is the surreal nature of these unique views of our home planet from the perspective of the ISS in low earth orbit.

Earthereal II [YouTube]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/24/13

Comments (3)

  1. Jack

    It is stunning!
    I think I saw my house – but then, maybe not.
    Thank you.

  2. Alex R

    Select “Origional” from the quality setting, it’s the best

  3. Pegi

    Images like these help us to appreciate just how beautiful our planet is. Thank you.

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