“Into the Night, the relative nature of everything” showcases stunning night skies and its significance in human lives. Looking at the night sky gives us a perspective of who we are, losing which, only increases the differences between us, humans.
My mother(Uma Murali) once told me a story of Akbar and Birbal(A king and one of his Ministers). Akbar placed a large stick and promised a reward for anyone who made the stick smaller without touching it. When everyone failed at this seemingly impossible task, Birbal placed a longer stick next to it and made it smaller. That’s relativity. From this vantage point, the Earth, the cosmos throws a show in such seamless fashion every night that’s beyond us; as though we stood still.
We seem to develop and progress as humankind, but have we lost our sense of place in the Universe by entangling ourselves in a web of rules and systems we live by. As I fly in space among billions of stars and galaxies, I wonder what we’d be if we started afresh.
Do the lives out there adhere to complex rules or have governing bodies. Do they spew anger and hatred; I wonder. What we have created is relative. In the giant scale of the Universe, we are all one and the same. Let us get lost in the majesty of this Universe and be pleasant and forgiving to one another. I present to you – “Into the Night, the relative nature of everything”.
Created in fond memories of my cousin S.Karthik(thus SKAR photo); was 18 at the time. He was the smartest, nicest and the most humble person I have known. If I could be half the man he was, I’d be very happy.
Things to notice in the video:
1:09 – The Moon sets over the pacific ocean in Hawaii.
1:37 – Mt Shasta is actually lit by a setting crescent Moon.
1:54 – 2:06 – Several white dots move from right to the left. Those are satellites.
2:20 – 2:30 – The Milky Way leaves a faint glow on the ocean as it moves from the left to right.
2:35 – Venus, Jupiter and Mars rise over the clouds pre dawn in Haleakala in Maui. The beam of light in the center is Zodiacal light, sunlight reflected off space dust.
2:43 – Notice anything weird? The Orion constellation circles counterclockwise, rising on the right and setting on the left. This is because Kenya is at the equator.
2:50 – A meteor bursts, followed by smoke.
Interesting experiences from making this film:
The first location I shot at was Grand Canyon. It was very dark, very cold and windy, powerful enough to blow the tripods down. I thought I was crazy doing this project and almost gave up. I fell sick later due to the cold weather.
Shooting at Grand Canyon had an eerie feel to it with the darkness, a sky full of stars, the mighty winds, the insect sounds and a canyon a mile deep centimeters from me.
That moment of awe when I saw the Moon upside down on the drive up to Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii.
The first visitors to the Haleakala summit asked me if I worked there because they weren’t expecting to see anyone that early. I was there as early as 2:45 AM.
I mistook zodiacal light for light pollution and minutes later when I realized, I wanted to shout, oh my goodness, it’s zodiacal light!
Used a walkie talkie from the summit to periodically tell my wife that I’m safe.
Out in 0C at 10, 000 feet with heavy winds for 3 hours straight, my face shrank considerably and lost a few pounds, making my fitness conscious wife jealous 🙂
Shot over 11 nights and one day (with two cameras) in the last 6 months in various locations in CA, AZ, HI and Kenya. Over 40 hours out in the dark and 5,000 photos.
Music – Particle by Louis(licensed through Audiosocket)
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