Perhaps the Most Epic HD Time-Lapse Video of the Northern Lights Ever

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

As solar storms reach a maximum in 2012-2013, the northern lights are more beautiful than ever. Ole C. Salomonsen spent this past fall, winter, and spring shooting 150,000 still photographs of the aurora borealis in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, before editing 6,000 stills to make this video. The dramatic score is by Norwegian composer Kai-Anders Ryan.

Salomonsen describes the work that went into making the video on his Vimeo page:

This video summarizes the end of a hectic aurora season for me, and my last shots was done only a few days ago. However now the sun is making it hard to shoot the auroras at night up here, so I decided enough was enough for now, and time to release the video.

I have driven thousands of km between locations up here in the arctic this season, and while on location(s) I was running between 2-3 cameras like a madman, and almost every sequence you see in this video also has been shot using circular fish-eye optics, for yet another project to come. Luckily I had some good company on many of the cold nights.

To learn more about how solar activity causes the aurora, check out this animated explanation by Per Byhring, for forskning.no in partnership with the University of Oslo Physics Department:

 

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For more work by Ole C. Salomonsen, visit http://www.arcticlightphoto.no/.

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