Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Earth Powered

Vivint Solar request me to direct a commercial for them. Then we put together with a big plan. I got a diesel/solar powered Mercedes and asked two of my friends Kenny Styles (filmmaker) and Jac Scott (photographer) to come on the road trip of a lifetime all over the west coast. The journey lasted ten days and we drove more than 3,000 miles. When we started the journey we really weren't sure where the story was headed but by the end it was pretty obvious. Moreover i want to give a special thanks to Jac Scott and Kenny Styles for collaging with me on this project. I teamed up with my buddies Daniel Petersen and Steve Pedersen again and they composed the music. Russ Lasson did a splendid job with the vibrant color. Micah Young and Rich Patch at Universal Post, were a big support also. I also want to thank for the opportunity to make this movie. 
Director: MP Cunningham
Camera: MP Cunningham and Kenny Styles
Composer: Daniel Petersen & Steve Pedersen
Colorist: Russ Lasson
Photographer: Jac Scott

Earth Powered from MP Cunningham on Vimeo.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Aurora from TSO Photography

I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. This short movie is shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. The temperature was around -25 Celsius. Good fun. The clip is also available in Digital Cinema 4k.

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The Aurora from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Sun by Michael Konig

The clip is edited time lapse sequences of the sun’s atmosphere observed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft between 2011 and 2015. This montage features excerpts of 4K full-disk pictures in severe ultraviolet channels, mostly using wavelengths of 30.4 nm (50,000 Kelvin) partly in combination with 17.1 nm (6.3×105 Kelvin), and provides a glance at spicules, solar flares, filaments and an overview of the sun’s atmosphere. The footage was beautifully captured by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) maintained by the Joint Science Operations Center (Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in collaboration with Stanford University)

Music: Una by Murcof

Editing: Michael König |
Scenes in order of appearance:
1. Long shots of solar activity | October 2013
2. Boiling solar prominence | February 2013
3. Close up active regions | October 2013
4. Launching filament | November 2011
5. Twisting prominence | September 2012
6. Close up solar activity | October 2014
7. Solar prominence | July 2013
8. Lunar transit | January 2014
9. Solar prominence dance | December 2012
10. Solar activity | October 2013
11. Plasma eruption | September 2012
12. Coronal rain | July 2012
13. Close up active regions | October 2013
14. Trebuchet eruption | February 2011
15. Solar prominence | October 2013
16. Venus transit | June 2012
17. Extreme solar eruption | June 2011
18. Filament eruption & ’canyon of fire’ | September 2013
19. Erupting solar filament | March 2015
20. Comet ’lovejoy’ passes sun | December 2011
21. Earth eclipse and dark prominence | September 2012
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SUN from Michael König on Vimeo.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

How to Quickly Peel a Boiled Egg in a Glass of Water

MitchMedia have uploaded a short 28-second clip called “How to Quickly Peel a Boiled Egg in a Glass of Water” on where the crafty kitchen hack has crossed more than 16 million views. Have you been peeling hardboiled eggs wrong? New video shows 28-second trick to removing shell using a glass in an easy way, some water and ten seconds of vigorous shaking nothing else. Your egg is ready to eat.

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Sheer Beauty of Japanese Maple Bonsai

Well, you’ve to admire the majestic beauty of the Japanese Maple Bonsai. Without any doubt it is an amazing display qualities have Bonsai enthusiasts worldwide attempting to grow the very best Maples they can. It is extremely hard to find the exact meaning behind the Japanese Maple but conventionally, in Japanese legends, passing a child through the branches of a Maple tree is said to bring good health, success and wealth. Sounds pretty good to us! Moreover, the Japanese Maple is often referred to by the Japanese as “Momigi”, meaning “Baby's Hands”. Source: Amazing Things in The World 

Therefore the practice of bonsai growth incorporates a number of techniques either exclusive to bonsai or, if it is used in other forms of cultivation, applied in infrequent ways that are mostly suitable to the bonsai domain. These techniques include, leaf trimming, the selective removal of leaves (for most varieties of deciduous tree) or needles (for coniferous trees and some others) from a bonsai's trunk and branches. Pruning the trunk, branches, and roots of the candidate tree and wiring branches and trunks lets the bonsai designer to generate the desired general form and make detailed branch and leaf placements. Well, clamping using mechanical devices for shaping trunks and branches and grafting fresh growing material (classically a bud, branch, or root) into a ready area on the trunk or under the bark of the tree. Moreover defoliation normally provides short-term dwarfing of foliage for definite deciduous species. Deadwood bonsai techniques are also called jin andshari simulate age and maturity in a bonsai.