Two wonderfully beautiful Canon EOS 5D Mark II timelapses

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This past week has seen some stunning Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) timelapses come across the planet5D world headquarters' desk… and here are two of them – first up just came in from this tweet is an HDR timelapse of Washington DC – and the second is a totally different timelapse – one of the auroras last week in the far north that has seen lots of tweets today! Also interesting is that both were done with Dynamic Perception timelapse rigs.

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District from Andrew Geraci on Vimeo.

HDR Time-lapse @

DC is one of the most difficult places to shoot. No tripods, no fancy equipment, only a single camera.

After planning my shots and figuring out what time would be best to shoot, I went out and started this HDR Time-lapse production.
During the course of the shoot I was stopped 9 times by NPS (national parks service) and three times by DC Metro police. Apparently there was a target on me… It does look suspicious though when a guy is toting around a giant blue time-lapse slider, 3 tripods and a battery. Because of the numerous roadblocks I wasn't able to use my Dynamic Perception time-lapse slider as much as I had intended, but the shots that I did get were pretty impactful (In my opinion).

This is my first project conceptualized completely in HDR. During the course of the shoot I was able to refine my HDR process and eliminate almost 30 hours of processing time by switching some settings around on both my camera and in certain programs. HDR is one of the most fun things to shoot and this production really opened my eyes to what it's capable of. It doesn't need to be all “Harry Potterish” but a simple and subtle blend of imagery will do the trick. This project is only the first in a long line of ideas I have brewing up in my head.

I hope you enjoy it! And if you like it, please share it!

Thanks so much!

A special thanks to all of those that helped get me access or supported my shoot (with ideas, time, and food!)

(Melissa Myers, Johnny Bivera, David Kosling)

Shot on:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-5.6

Complied in:
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Adobe After Effects CS5
Custom HDR Software

and a Dynamic Perception Stage Zero

The Aurora

The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years.

Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius. Good fun.

Big thanks to the guys over at for their amazing all-in-one motion control dolly.

Music is Gladiator soundtrack “Now we are free”

Just for fun, here's a google map to the Kirkenes mentioned – that's way up there!

Kirkenes Norway - Google Maps

Kirkenes Norway - Google Maps


  1. Great work. Very impressed. Got loads of equipment sitting in the cupboard. Have to get out and try this.

  2. Second video is awesome. First is horrible in my opinion. A slow smooth slider shot doesn’t visually look good with all the chaotic motion. Not to mention the HDR’ish effect is overdone.

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