For the lenses we used the Nikkor 24mm/1.4 and 85mm/1.8 primes, so it was helpful with the D800's ability to record in both FX and DX format. For stabilization we used a Glidecam HD2000. The underwater shots were taken with a GoPro and RX100 (which unfortunately got fried due to a leaky underwater housing).
Anyways, hope you enjoy watching the video as much as we did making it. Leave a comment, thanks!
It's clear you are an extremely skilled videographer and I'm amazed what can be done with a D800.
Would you mind sharing how you got the beautiful motion video of the Milky Way?
I have just started getting into daytime timelapse. I have a faint clue of the mechanics of that night shot, but I am stuck on a very basic question: how did you get the Milky Way so clear and detailed?
Wen I shoot stills of it, they come out mostly noise. Yours looks like NASA shot it.
I shoot stills with a 14-24 at 14 mm and 2.8 for about 30 seconds, They don't look quite as good as my d700 did with the same settings. But I'm not anywhere close in stills with neither camera as you are with video.
I'd be grateful if you would help me learn that shot.
Thanks for the comments. The milky way shot wasn't all that complicated - I pointed the camera upwards and shot at f/1.4, 8 seconds, 1600 ISO (with the 24mm f/1.4G lens). Technically, that should be quite similar to your settings at f/2.8 at 30s, 1600 ISO. I stabilized on a gorillapod that I brought in my backpack.
The real key to shooting a nice milky way is location and timing. Find a clear and dark sky away from city lights. This shot is looking at the galactic center, where it's brightest - it helps if you know a few constellations (I use Scorpius). I'm not sure where you live, but the galactic center of the milky way becomes more visible the further South you go. In the Northern Hemisphere, you can only ever see about half the Milky Way. I like to play with this online star tool http://www.astroviewer.com/ to find out what the night sky might look like.
Focus is tough, but I find contrast-detection on distant lights works. I added a bit of post processing, but the image is pretty much out of the camera.
I've gotten shots like this and I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Your exposure settings seem fine based on image metadata at 3200 ISO, 15s. I'd imagine you need to find a place with less light pollution - yes there was a distant city in my picture, but that was a pretty small tropical city on an island. And I was on what was basically a deserted island with minimal backlight and (very) clear skies due to the location. I hear people get good shots in the desert as well like Nevada. Further, you might be shooting the tail of the Milky Way galaxy here although I can't tell from the shot. Make sure you're getting the galactic center - I remember getting a shot similar to yours when I hadn't aimed the camera in the right direction even while in the BVI.
As for the Glidecam, I find the Glidecam HD-2000 works and some people even use the HD-4000.
I noticed a couple of segues you could have used - going down the pier, next shot underwater, next shot on a boat in the harbor - maybe included someone walking out of the water on to the beach just before the beach shots.
It's easier to critique than do it though, and it was outstanding.
Cool video. Loved the fast pace music and the changes in scene. Too bad about your underwater camera housing. Our family had 2 cameras that died under water. Great production. Quality of the picture was very good. Thanks for sharing.
This is an outstanding video with excellent editing to keep the viewer focused and avoiding disconnect becasue of tedious long cuts. The quality is superb and IQ is super. It is amazing to see this camera in action when handled by someone that really knows his work. I felt that I was there and this is what separates this video from many others. You made me realize again, how much I have to learn to use this superb camera in a much more creative manner.