Posted on 02. Dec, 2010 by planetmitch
Watch and be amazed!
Timelapse of Aurora Borealis over TromsÃÂ¸, Norway.
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Photography: Tor Even Mathisen
Music: Per Wollen
Vocal: Silje Beate Nilssen
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How’s it done?
Now, I’ve never seen anything like this and so I asked Tor if he’d explain how he accomplished this beautiful timelapse and he graciously supplied this info (note you might also check our timelapse section of the planet5D forum):
“It is not so difficult
This is almost an ordinary timelapse, put together by still-images in raw format.
The main key to a good result is a good camera, a good tripod and a good lens.
Exposure time for most of the shots is around 3-6 seconds @ f/2.8, ISO 1600.
I used Canon’s remote control TC-80N3 (reviews!), set the camera in serial mode, and simply locked the shutter button, and waited to I had enough pictures. (2-400 frames) And of course, good weather and high activity on the sun. I used spaceweather.com and looked for k-index.
I used Adobe Photoshop to convert the raw-files. And with all the frames in raw-format I had full control with white balance, exposure, etc. I only did some few adjustments in white balance and black level.
Now, because I’ve never been to TromsÃÂ¸ to see the Northern Lights, I asked Tor just how fast the Aurora moves… can you see it move? You know, most of us don’t really understand it unless you’ve been there. We’ve usually only ever seen stills of the Aurora so it is hard to imagine what it is really like.
“Yes, you can really see the movements. !
Very difficult to describe, you have to come to TromsÃÂ¸ and look with your own eyes =) But it is near what you can see in the video, but slower.
I’m planning to to a realtime aurora video next year ”
Now, doesn’t that just blow your socks off? That’s something on my ‘bucket list’
Visit e-how to read more about how to photograph the aurora
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