Timelapse videos are all the rage these days, and while they’re hardly easy to produce, Reid Gower has created quite the hit on his very first attempt at the art form. His video is called “Natural Phenomena,” and now it’s going viral thanks to a stunning travel theme that features gorgeous natural and man-made subject matter, including the Northern Lights above Alaska, a severe lightning storm in Las Vegas, and the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.
“I was rather naive earlier this spring when I thought to myself, ‘Hey, you’ve got a great travel schedule coming up, why not make a timelapse film?’ I had never shot timelapse before and I bit off more than I could chew,” Gower wrote on a Reddit post that helped the video go viral.
Some of the other locations that Gower shot in include Canada, Austria, Vienna, San Francisco, Prague, Hungary, and Turkey; he spent about three months collecting the footage and three months editing it, according to his Twitter profile.
He even included some footage from outer space, which he says he achieved by throwing a GoPro inside a thermal lunchbox, adding some hand warmers and GPS, and attaching all that to a great big balloon and launching it during a scientific expedition in Alaska.
Gower’s YouTube profile says that his life’s passion is to “increase the level of scientific literacy in the general population by using video and social media.”
It’s safe to say that his mission, for now, has been accomplished.