Smeared Skies Created by Time-lapse Technique

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Matt Molloy is a 29 year old Canadian with a diploma in graphic design who loves most forms of art. Most recently his favorite form of art is photography, more specifically, time-lapse photography. Growing up in a small town gave him an interest in nature early in life, and that interest still shows in his photos. He now lives on the shore of Lake Ontario, in another small town with a great view of sunset which he timelapes every chance he gets.

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According to Matt, “Photography 101 was a required course, and that was the start of my passion for photography. After years of experimenting and just plain having fun, I’ve found time-lapse to be my favorite form of photography”.

The most-often used photo art by Matt is the “star trail” photos. They’re most commonly made from multiple photos of stars shot from a fixed position and later merged into one image. After he tried this technique a few times, he started to wonder what it would look like with time-lapse sequences he had shot during the day.

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For this one, he selected six photos out of the hundreds he had shot that night. He had first tried it with all the photos, and the moon looked like a curved line across the photo—a little too much—so he decided less is more this time.

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The photo named “smeared sky” is made from 500 photos; and this is the first sunset time-lapse Matt tried the stacking method with. This great photo earned him lots of emails, some asking questions about the technique and others hoping to share it on their website or blog. Milky Way Scientists shared it on their Facebook page, and it got 12,000 likes and 4,000 shares on the first day it was up. What an amazing achievement!

Many of these digital art pieces have gained him considerable recognition in the world of photography. He’s been featured on many internet blogs in a variety of different languages, including Colossal, Peta Pixel and My Modern Met. Matt has also been featured in several magazines, Digital Photo magazine (USA and Germany) Digital Photographer (UK) and MISC (world Wide), to name a few. His time-lapse photography has appeared on Discovery channel’s Daily Planet and National Geographic’s Untamed Americas.

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You can get to know more about this photography lover through his website.

Source: MattMolloy

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