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11/27/2012 03:55 pm ET

'Island In The Sky': Time-Lapse VIDEO Captures Stars, Clouds Over Volcanic Island Of La Palma

Outdoor photographer/videographer Christoph Malin filmed day and night skies above the volcanic island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, for more than a year and a half. Was it worth it? Well, the stunning scenes in the resulting "Island in the Sky" time-lapse speak for themselves.

"Night-Timelapse filming is a passion," Malin wrote on the video's vimeo page, "hard to live from, tough on your biorhythm--there is a lot of love, passion and dedication involved."

This new time-lapse video, Malin wrote, pays homage to an island sometimes called "Europe's Hawaii." It's home to the world's largest volcanic erosion crater.

"On some key scenes of this film I have worked over several months, pulling them out, color-reprocessing, iterating them many times, trying variations," Malin wrote. "And I am still not sure if they are right now. You judge."

Malin's timelapse features awe-inspiring views of the Milky Way as well as the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, which attracts astronomers from around the world.

The observatory, operated by the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands, is known for housing the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes. More than a dozen telescopes survey Earth's celestial sphere from La Palma, according to National Geographic.

In October, another time-lapse video Malin created garnered attention--it featured image sequences taken by the crew aboard the International Space Station.

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