045 – International Space Station Star Trails – slit scan/2001 effect

This is a pretty unique take on time lapse. These shots are from the ISS and they’re onion skinned on top of each other, rather than played one after the other. It creates a pretty amazing, almost slit scan photographic look. It’s interesting because it takes something natural, and makes it look very digital. Pretty cool.


This Video was achieved by “stacking” image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station (see These “stacks” create the Star Trails, but furthermore make interesting patterns visible. For example lightning corridors within clouds, but they also show occasional satellite tracks (or Iridium Flashes) as well as meteors – patterns that interrupt the main Star Trails, and thus are immediately visible.

The many oversaturated hot pixels in some of the scenes are the inevitable result of ultrahigh ISO settings the Nikon D3s in ISS-use are pushed to for keeping exposure times short by all means (owed to the dramatic speed the ISS travels). As there are no dark frames or RAW data currently available, hot pixels are not easy to remove.

After the initial stacking, all images have been sequenced with Apple Motion and the Video cut and edited with Final Cut Pro X. Stacking done with StarStaX, get it here:

This Video would also not have been possible without that great minimal soundtrack “Eileen” by Lee Rosevere ( that totally nailed the mood, as well as a short clip of “Window #3″ by Two Bicycles ( VIMEO MUSIC STORE ROCKS!

All sequences and images courtesy “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth”, Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center,
Closing sequence © Christoph Malin / / filmed at Cerro Paranal.

Thanks a lot to my favourite bad Astronomer, Phil Plait at BadAstronomy for first posting the film ( and many many thanks to Vimeo for the Staff Pick!

A truckload of thanks go out to NASA astronaut Don Pettit ( and his colleagues for taking these images, and making films like this one reality!

Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution ( one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA ( on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste! And don’t forget, it is your tax money that lights up the sky!

Oh, and visit my friends at the UNESCO Project TWAN ( for some of the coolest nightsky images and videos on our planet! One people, one sky!


“Astronomer’s Paradise”, - featured on National Geographic
“The Island – Teaser”, - featured on NG
“Urban Mountain Sky”, - featured on Discovery Channel
“Black Hole Sun”,, featured on NG!/christophmalin




044 – 21 Balançoires (21 Swings)

Check out this beautiful and fun installation. It’s a very orchestral, cinematic and engaging idea. I love art that not only encourages you to interact with it, but also makes you interact with the people around you.


21 Swings
Exercise in musical cooperation

Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.

The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.

The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.

A traveling version of the project is currently being made for these collective moments to spread around the world.

Created by Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat
With support from Quartier des spectacles de Montréal

Original Soundtrack by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh

Production: Antoine Clayette
Concept Team: Alexandre Landry, Eva Schindling, Luc-Alain Giraldeau
Design: Sébastien Dallaire, Alexandre Landry Programing: Eva Schindling

Technological Partner: Eski
Technical Direction: Vincent Leclerc
Project Management: Josiane Mercier
Programing: Patrick Keroulas, Vincent De Belleval


043 – “Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane (ft. Max Schneider & Elizabeth Gillies)

Here’s another music video that I shot with Kurt Hugo Schneider and Daniel Rosen. For some reason I didn’t post this when it first went up, and I just went to see how many views it had on Youtube. The answer is 1.6 million. I think that counts as decent. It’s Max Schneider & Elizabeth Gillies of Nickelodeon fame doing a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Music Production by Kurt)

This video was literally just me, my t2i, Dan, and two great singers. We went out to Elysian Park and just ran around grabbing footage for an afternoon. At the stage, we had a super minimal light kit and a fogger. I’m all around pretty damn happy with the result.



042 – Lisa Solberg – Stalker – Closing day in 1 minute

I shot this a few months back and never posted it to my blog.. so here it is. Enjoy!

When photographing the panels of Lisa Solberg’s solo exhibition STALKER. I noticed the cars passing on the street, people walking by, and the changing of the light on the reflective surface. We decided to shoot this time lapse on the day of the closing night party, arriving at 4:30 AM and leaving the cameras until after the sun went down. The images look almost exactly as they did in camera and for real. There’s almost no color correction, except balancing the cameras. Even the noticeable vignette is the actual light in the room.



Shot on a t2i and a 5dmkII. The song is “You Don’t Know Me” by U-tern. Check him out he’s dope:

Here’s more about Lisa and STALKER:
Lisa uses reflective insulation panels and cutting techniques to create a world of poetic, bold and
thoughtful imagery focused on the sublime. The combining of ink and paint to the finished surfaces
compliments the inherent dynamics of the material. The work is intimate and echoes the bold and
provocative sentiments of public spaces. Lisa Solberg has presented an aesthetic both primitive,
subjective and haunting, her uninhibited display of passion and talent with both the imagery and
materials have displayed a unique world and quality of otherness. The panels on view mimic pieces of a large puzzle to complete the STALKER environment and thought, exposing Solberg’s personal
expressions, desires and intimacies.Between each panel of silver grey metallic, lies a fearless gesture of emotion that captures and dissolves into discovery. Without imposing a single word the space creates a sense of wonder and essence sincerely communicated. The images transcend themselves flowing and demonstrating a form of expression rarely conveyed in contemporary work.
‘During the Romantic period the exploration of reason and madness was closely linked to the Sublime,a concept which mingled pain, pleasure and terror and ultimately transformed horror, ugliness and madness into something majestic.’ ‘This grand installation was approached as a submission to darkness in order to find the true light, a light that is meant to expose itself upon completion and unveiling.’

Lisa Solberg, born 1983 in Chicago, is an expressionist artist currently living in Los Angeles. She
graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from UC Boulder in 2005. Lisa is known for pushing comfort
levels within her dreamlike large scaled oil paintings. She debuts a brand new installation, STALKER, of an entirely different caliber, bringing acute attention to her drawing as a compliment to her brush strokes.


041 – Run To Me — Official Theme Song of RUNAWAYS

Okay, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. So here’s a music video that I shot for a web series called “Runaways”. I’ve been working with Kurt Hugo Schneider and Daniel Rosen a lot lately. They’ve been bringing me in for some fun stuff like this. Enjoy!

Check out the band Royal Sons, here:
They are talented and super cool.

Check out the web series here:



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