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My short film on light pollution

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Aug 14, 2016 22:18 |  #1​41667 (external link)

Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself. Here’s why I think we should care more.

The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe. Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars. That reminder we are a tiny part of this cosmos, the awe and a special connection with this remarkable world would make us much better beings - more thoughtful, inquisitive, empathetic, kind and caring. Imagine kids growing up passionate about astronomy looking for answers and how advanced humankind would be, how connected and caring we’d feel with one another, how noble and adventurous we’d be. How compassionate with fellow species on Earth and how one with Nature we’d feel. Imagine a world where happiness of the soul is more beautiful. Ah, I feel so close to inner peace. I can only wonder how my and millions of other lives would have changed.

But in reality, most of us live under heavily light polluted skies and some have never even seen the Milky Way. We take the skies for granted and are rather lost in our busy lives without much care for the view of the stars.

How does light pollution affect the night skies and quite possibly our lives?

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Aug 14, 2016 23:45 |  #2

This is great, thanks for sharing!

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Aug 15, 2016 02:27 |  #3

I enjoyed it, good music, and it really does put a lot of context into the idea of light pollution.

I live in swamps of Florida, where the night sky is dark and when you are outside, you see the stars, and the milky way quite plainly. But I've lived in Montreal, and the night sky didn't exist, it was just a glow of haze at night. I only saw the sky when I left the city.

I think it matters if we see the sky. We learned to navigate because of it. It's gone for a lot of people, and they don't even know it. And I think that's sad. It probably has stifled some otherwise great minds from pondering what's out there and the potential is lost.

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Aug 15, 2016 13:19 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #4

Thank you. You are exactly right. Thinking about what if it had been dark just makes me sad. I can't even imagine where humankind would be if we had dark skies.

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Aug 15, 2016 14:33 |  #5

Nice video, music went well with it . This is something I have tried unsuccessfully here on this forum . So many make their images look like daytime shots when if they produced the image correctly their image would look so much better . There is enough LP as is in a normal image but when you add car lights, flashlights and other man made light sources it's too over bearing to a already nice image . Plus I like the way you added a red light in your movie, it proves white light is just LP light .

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Aug 15, 2016 15:28 |  #6

Nice video and music. Great job. Really puts perspective on light pollution.

You should share that here: …/showthread.php​?t=1106101

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Aug 15, 2016 19:37 |  #7

Amazing Thank you for sharing this.

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Aug 16, 2016 12:54 |  #8

Excellent work. It could be a great educational tool to show people the beauty of the universe that they are missing from their lives (with many of them not even knowing it). Many city dwellers around the globe have never even seen the milky way.

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Miki G wrote in post #18097318 (external link)
[..]Many city dwellers around the globe have never even seen the milky way.

That describes me perfectly. I'd still have my city lights, though: they're way more useful to me than some romantic faraway luminous gaseous ball.

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Aug 16, 2016 19:20 |  #10

Very well done. This RASC report on light pollution may be of interest: …/LPA_Special_Is​sue_LR.pdf (external link)


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Aug 19, 2016 14:22 |  #11

I've made timelapse's over the years but nothing at this level of visual stunning and artistic achievement.
Kudos Mr Sriram Murali.

My darkest skies experience was August 1998 when I was backpacking for 14 days in Montana the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness area.
Flew into Billings, drove to Red Lodge, and we started form there, a small group of 8 people and 2 guides.
Everything we need we carried in, no resupply.
Saw only 1 other group of people, and had a few encounters with bears but nothing deadly.

About 1/2 way into the expedition it was a new moon, August 21, and so dark literally you could not see your hands in front of you.
The was of course before digital cameras, I remember laying on my back for 2 hours and looking into the skies and so much amazed.

The hair on my neck stands up thinking about it, I've only experienced truly dark skies like that a few times.

I wonder what it would rate on the scale, as I can't imagine there was any light pollution there.

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Aug 19, 2016 23:36 as a reply to  @ mtbdudex's post |  #12

Thank you!

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Aug 19, 2016 23:58 |  #13

nicely done...makes me look even more forward to my upcoming stay at a fire look-out tower near shasta...just hoping to get one cool image...i have a few weeks to figure out how to get great milky way shots :-)

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Aug 20, 2016 07:56 |  #14

Excellent! Loved it.

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Aug 20, 2016 10:25 |  #15

That was fabulous!

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