Arctic Lightscapes from Anneliese Possberg

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Anneliese Possberg wrote us the other day and we have to agree… we did enjoy it so we thought we'd share the love…

thought you'd enjoy this aurora time lapse from Scandinavia. It happens to be made with Three Canons 5D but actually it doesn't really matter what cameras were at work 🙂

Arctic Lightscapes from Anneliese Possberg

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Description from vimeo:

The soft light of the arctic regions attracted me magically so that I decided to dedicate a project to it. Around the polar circle light occupies a very important role, especially in winter. During the freezing months the sun creeps only along the horizon providing thus long hours of this tender twilight that occurs before sunrise and after sunset. But the nights are even longer and then another special light brights up the sky: the aurora borealis. In this film I wanted to show how individual the northern lights are: they may dance very fast in a frenetic rhythm or explode in a red-purple firework or they may just glow greenish over the starry sky vaguely distinguishable by the human eye. Every night there is a different night show – if the polar lights appear as they use to be very shy divas.

As a non resident of the arctic regions it was very difficult for me to hunt the northern lights. I traveled different times to the distant regions at the polar circle. It was not easy enduring the freezing temperatures and the darkness and sleeping in the tent or in the car when the harsh wind was shaking it too strong. But after a year I had the incredible luck to gather enough video material for this film project. Especially on my last trip to Tromsö in february 2013 I experienced incredible beautiful aurora borealis.
The footage was captured in Greenland, Norway (on the Lofoten islands and in the Troms region), Iceland and Finland.

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Anneliese also pointed us to this article over on National Geographic (a small excerpt) with a bit of the behind-the-scenes from Anneliese…

Over the past year, Possberg and her husband, Claus Possberg, have traveled four times to the Scandinavian Arctic to photograph the phenomena, which appear as stunning light shows in many northern countries, especially during dark winters.

Claus is a radiologist who’s also an avid traveler and photographer, and Anna is a full-time professional filmmaker. The Arctic Lightscape project, which the couple funds independently, resulted in a time-lapse video: a series of still photographs stitched together into a video format and published on Vimeo last week.

Possberg, who’s based in Freyung, Germany, started Arctic Lightscapes in 2012 during a photography trip to Sweden, when she found herself “attracted magically” to auroras but realized that filming them is impossible.

Gorgeous as they are, the light emitted by auroras is too faint for most film cameras to pick up. There are some video cameras on the market, but they don’t capture the auroras very well, she said.

But Possberg came across some blogs describing how to make aurora films using still photography. Because auroras occur in low light—generally challenging for photographers—it wasn’t easy to learn, but she got a lot of practice during the couple’s four expeditions to see northern lights: twice to Norway, once to Iceland, and once to Finland.

“The first time you see an aurora, it doesn’t seem to be real—it’s like from another world,” she says. “You are infected—you want to see them every day.”

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Making Time Lapse

To photograph northern lights, it’s best to use a light-sensitive digital single-lens reflex camera, or DSLR, with a full-format setting to capture as much light as possible, Possberg says.

Read the rest from this article over on National Geographic

  Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before  

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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