Filmed over 2 weeks in Iceland, March 2014. A journey into the shadows of ice caves and lights of the Aurora. The caves are a beautiful blue, awash in glacier-filtered sunlight. And the Northern Lights set the sky on fire - it's quite a moment standing before something so cosmic.
I had originally imagined this would be a cold and horrible trip, but... the desolate landscape was so simple it was perhaps the most beautiful place I'd been to. That's not to say it wasn't cold - especially in the second week, a snowstorm hit and the car got stuck in snow amidst hail and wind. Pushing & hauling were indeed necessary! Drying snow-soaked socks with the hairblower was also fun.
There is a surprise ending. After setting up the tripod, I began to take a photo of ourselves... when suddenly, I "found" something on the ground... ;) It may not make the ice melt, but almost certainly your heart.
Time-lapses edited in Panolapse (panolapse360.com).
Shot on a Nikon D800.
Music by Stephen Anderson
IT: Timelapse realizzato nel dicembre 2013 in Val Gardena, Trentino Alto Adige, Italia. Tutte le sequenze sono state catturate nella bellissima location del Monte Pana, Santa Cristina, presso l'Hotel Cendevaves, all'interno dell'incredibile parco naturale delle Dolomiti, focalizzato sul fantastico Sassolungo.
Tutte le sequenze sono state catturate da me Nicola Pezzoli, utilizzando una Canon 600D scattando in RAW con Magic Lantern come intervallometro. Le 4000 foto sono state modificate in Adobe Lightroom e LR Timelapse, montate poi in Adobe Premiere e After Effects.
EN: Timelapse shot during december 2013 in Val Gardena, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy. All the sequences have been taken from the beautifull location of Monte Pana, Santa Cristina, at Cendevaves Hotel, inside the incredible Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, focused on the beautifull Sassolungo.
All footage shot by me Nicola Pezzoli, using a Canon 600D shooting in RAW with Magic Lantern custom firmware for intervalometer. The 4000 images have been processed in Adobe Lightroom and LR Timelapse, edited in Adobe Premiere and After Effects.
Lenses: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Other equipment: Manfrotto tripod, Gorillapod.
Music: PMWA - Power of Darkness (Audiojungle.net)
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- a timelapse short by Stian Rekdal - stianrekdal.com -
when the sky is dark at night,
The northern lights, or Aurora, are the visual manifestation
of the sun's interaction with the earth and it's magnetic field.
When high speed particles escape the sun, usually because
of a coronal mass ejection or solar wind, some of them hit
the earth's magnetosphere. The particles crash with those of
our atmosphere and emit light in the process. The color of the
light depends on how high in earth's atmosphere the particles
interact. Photographing them can be a challenge because of
their unpredictable nature. This video is a short selection of
my favourite shots recorded in the winter of 2013/2014 at
locations in Norway and Iceland.
Music: "Hope" by Lights & Motion
Licensed from TheMusicBed.com
Vigra - Ålesund, Norway
Grøtfjorden - Tromsø, Norway
Kirkjufell- Grundarfjörður, Iceland
Arctic Henge - Raufarhöfn, Iceland
Nikon D800 / Nikon 14-24mm / Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 / Samyang 24mm f1.4
Dynamic Perception Stage One dolly / dynamicperception.com
LRTimelapse / Adobe Lightroom / Adobe After Effects
If you would like to see more of my work, check out these links:
NPR: "Look Up in the Sky and Live Big" npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/05/20/313952882/look-up-in-the-sky-and-live-big
In April I had the privilege of being invited to Northern Arizona University as an "artist in residence" to speak with their Photography students about my timelapse experiences. While there, we also took shooting field trips to some of the magnificent locations a few hours away, most notably Grand Canyon National Park and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (spotted in many epic John Ford Westerns and countless other classics like EASY RIDER and BACK TO THE FUTURE III bit.ly/1lngv3x!) The weather was very intense at times, with high winds, frigid temperatures, and stormfronts passing over us, but the locations were absolutely stunning and the clouds parted for long enough to reveal some incredible starscapes, meteors, and the clearest Milky Way I've ever seen!
This was also my first opportunity to collaborate with old friend and former American Film Institute classmate Harun Mehmedinović (bloodhoney.com), an incredibly accomplished photographer and now one of the professors at NAU. His passion and artists' eye really elevated the quality of the material in a big way. Thanks again to Harun and the whole class for their awesome enthusiasm.
For Stills and Behind the Scenes shots of YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ visit FLICKR page here:
Most night shots were captured at 25 second exposures on our Canon EOS 6D's and Canon 5D mk3's with a variety of wide, fast lenses. Because the nights we picked had almost zero moon, the stars and Milky Way were exceptionally clear (once the storm clouds parted), which also made a perfect galactic palette for some star trails experiments, including a new mirroring/distortion effect at 2:56 that revealed a cool native pattern. For those not familiar with past vids, the star trails effect is created by tracing the rotation of the Earth's axis, using a long exposure timelapse pictures and an awesome rendering program called STARSTAX.
Keep an eye out at 2:10 (top center) as a meteor seems to BURST through the atmosphere and leave a smoke trail in its wake. Maybe you scientists or astronomers out there can help explain in better language :) **UPDATE** The great PHIL PLAIT at Slate explains in his BAD ASTRONOMY blog: "At 2:10 in, a meteor flashes, and leaves behind a curling wisp of what looks like smoke. This is called a persistent train, the vaporized remains of the meteoroid itself, and can glow for several minutes. The upper level winds from 60 – 100 km above Earth’s surface are what blow it into those curlicues." Thanks Phil! Check out the article here: slate.me/RLWBoG
Also, for those who were asking, the crazy burnt out forest seen in the Milky Way shots is all in Grand Canyon National Park, a much more diverse location than I imagined!
Shot and Produced by: Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović
Music: A Seated Night (Ambient) by Moby. Courtesy MobyGratis.com / Unknown Native Chant (now believed this is a Navajo Skip song sung by the group "Central Navajo Wranglers")
Thanks: Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley Tribal Park.
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Polar Night is my 2nd time lapse movie after “Temporary light” and the first one shot in 5k raw stills and edited in 4k.
After watching aurora time lapses on the internet, one certain thing came to my attention; to capture a movie that included most of the celestial appearances combined with sea and landscapes during the dark season. At that point I had not decided where to go, but there was one place in Norway I really did not know much about. My choice fell on Finnmark. As well as being the northernmost county of Norway, it`s also the biggest in area and least populated. This means an absolute minimum of light pollution spread over a vast area. During polar night the conditions are 20 hours of pitch darkness every day and 4 hours with intense glowing light on snow covered fields and mountains. Learning about constellations, moon phases and calculating rise and falls of the moon were crucial to sort out some of the shots in this time lapse movie. Many nights were spent out in the open at 70 degrees north with temperatures down to -25c.
Polar Night is shot entirely in the county of Finnmark, Northern Norway.
The name Polar Night is a term used to describe the time before, under and after winter solstice where the sun doesn't rise at all. The polar night lasts longer the closer to the geometric north pole you go. In Finnmark the polar night lasts for about two months.
I wanna thank Iselin Mathilde Aslaksen for making this possible.
I also want to thank Mari Boine for letting me use her song “Balu Badjel Go Vuoittan” as the main soundtrack for my time lapse movie.
2x Canon 5d mk II running ML
Canon 50mm 1.4 USM
Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8 L II
Samyang 24mm F1.4
3x SanDisk memory cards with 16GB
1x SanDisk memory card with 64GB
Time lapse slider from Dynamic Perception
And my homemade external LP-E6 battery adapter for my Canon DSLR for 4x duration. (Needed for long time lapse sequences in very cold climates).
This film is shot entirely in RAW still images at 5K and processed in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere.
Available in 30FPS 4k (3840x2160).
You are welcome to share if you like it.
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