Update: The video doesn’t seem to be on YouTube any more but a copy can still be seen on this website.
On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris.
The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 mph in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.
This gorgeous video is a compilation of shots taken with a Canon EOS-5D every 20 seconds over about nine hours at a star party in Fort Davis, Texas. It’s a humbling sight.
Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.
Some specifics: The Canon was equipped with a fisheye lens (an EF 15mm f/2.8 lens) and powered with an external battery to capture all that goodness. The more interesting part is the replacement anti-alias filter the photographer, William Castleman, used: The Canon’s stock AA filter blocks out certain red wavelengths to achieve a “more desirable” skin tone, but if it’s replaced with a filter that lets those wavelengths in, you’ve got yourself a camera capable of shooting a galaxy, as seen here, even if we can’t see it with the naked eye. Really, really cool stuff. [Vimeo via Crunchgear]