More details about the "making of" on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/18/how-a-stunning-aurora-video-was-made/
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 travelled 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.
The surreal atmosphere of the landscapes is emphasized thanks to the wonderful music of the talented and creative composer Pablo Garmón vimeo.com/pablojgarmon.
If you have ever been in a wide open landscape the most interesting thing isn't necessarily the landscape itself, but what you see coming over the horizon. Growing up in South Dakota the landscape itself can be beautiful at times, but that doesn't compare to what the sky can do, especially at night. Combine that with the landscape, and it makes for great photo opportunities. More information and stills at dakotalapse.com/2013/06/horizons/
Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Defiance, Battlestar Galactica, etc) once again helped me with some original music for the video. This time he suggested adding vocals to the mix. Brendan McCreary and his band (Young Beautiful in a Hurry) did just that. They came up with “I Forever” The single is available on iTunes tinyurl.com/pgrq45p , Amazon and other online sources.
I shot Horizons from April - October 2012 mostly in South Dakota, but also some at Devils Tower in Wyoming. From the rugged Badlands, the White River valley and the Black Hills, the horizons seem to endlessly change.
Photography and Editing – Randy Halverson
Production Assistants – River Halverson and Kelly McILhone
Color Correction - Jeff Zueger - Spectrum Films
Dynamic Perception – The Stage Zero and Stage One dollies were used in many of the shots. I can't recommend them enough for a quality product at a low price. dynamicperception.com/#oid=1005_1
Borrowlenses – Throughout the summer I got some great Canon and Zeiss lenses from Borrowlenses to use in the shoot. They have great service and every lens performed flawlessly. So if you ever want to try out a lens ,or just need one for an special shoot, give them a try! borrowlenses.com
Granite Bay Software – I try to avoid flicker in sunset or daytime timelapse while shooting. But sometimes it is unavoidable. I used GBDeflicker to smooth out the flicker in some of the sunset timelapse. granitebaysoftware.com/
Canon 5D Mark III, sometimes with a 2nd from Borrowlenses.com
Canon 5D Mark II
I used a variety of lenses, many from Borrowlenses.com
Canon 14, 16-35, 24-70, 50 F1.2, 70-200mm lenses
Zeiss 21, 25, 35mm lenses
Nikon 14-24mm with Novoflex Adapter
Available in 4K Ultra HD resolution.
Contact for licensing footage, shooting rates or anything else. My website dakotalapse.com
This little film is all compiled of footage, that was shot when we travelled from one location to another on a recent commercial shoot in rural china. This little piece was shot on the RED EPIC that was rented for the commercial from Video Europe in London. Lenses were 2 Angenieux Zooms. (Details at the end of the video).
As cities expand and the human population grows, the urban world continues to encroach on what little, untouched nature remains. NAMIB GRAND highlights the raw, natural beauty of the Namibian landscape. Shot primarily in time-lapse format, one can appreciate the grandeur of Namibia's diverse terrain, and the imperceptibility of the night sky. The natural world is the central theme, allowing the viewer to be drawn into the vastness, void of any lights or the human footprint. Over time, our earth's unadulterated landscape becomes more of an illusion, NAMIB GRAND marvels at what beauty remains.
Color Grade: Simon Allard/Cineground Montreal
Music: "Phonotaxis pt 4" by Nick Kuepfer
The Namib Grand feature length film will begin production in 2014, with a goal of documenting and preserving on film, Namibia's untouched natural landscape.
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Probably like every landscape photographer, I love fog. I spent nearly the entire fall in our Ore Mountains (Czech Republic) and captured changing rare moments, in which natural variation played the main role.
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