Aurora Borealis Timelapse shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark II – you must see this!

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The Aurora Borealis (wikipedia) is one of nature's top 10 most amazing features and we were thrilled to find it captured by Tor Even Mathisen so beautifully on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews).

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Watch and be amazed!

Aurora Borealis timelapse HD – Tromsø 2010 from Tor Even Mathisen on Vimeo.

Timelapse of Aurora Borealis over Tromsø, Norway.

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Photography: Tor Even Mathisen
Music: Per Wollen
Vocal: Silje Beate Nilssen

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mark II
Lens: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II

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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.

Here is exif-data from one frame in the video

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 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.

From Adobe Lightroom I exported the stills, at highest jpg-quality in native resolution, and imported it in adobe after effects, where I put the stills in to a time-line, and rendered it out… :)

Tor Even,”

Now, because I've never been to Tromsø 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 Tromsø 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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