This is a Milky Way Timelapse Shot on 35mm Film

Photographer Jason De Freitas recently took his 35mm film camera out into the night and spent over an hour manually shooting a photo every minute. He then turned those photos into this 30-second time-lapse of the Milky Way.

De Freitas says this “crazy” idea had been rolling around in his head for a while before he finally decided to attempt it last Thursday night in Australia.

He brought four rolls of Kodak T-Max P3200 black-and-white film along with his Nikon FM2 SLR and manually (with a cable release) shot one 30-second photo every minute over 150 minutes (with a few quick film reloads in that span).

After developing and scanning the film frames, he combined them into 12 seconds of timelapse footage, which he then creatively edited into the video above showing the Milky Way setting over a lake.

And in case you’re wondering: that’s not the Moon that’s seen behind the clouds during the timelapse — it’s actually Jupiter.

A Milky Way frame used in the timelapse.
The negatives that were shot that night.

Earlier this year, De Freitas wrote an article on how he shoots the Milky Way with medium format film.

You can find more of De Freitas’ work on his website and Instagram.

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