I present a 3-minute music video featuring time-lapses of the Northern Lights photographed from along the Norwegian coast in late October 2017 from the Hurtigruten ferry ship, the aptly named m/s Nordlys. Yes, the ship is moving but that provides an additional level of motion to the time-lapses – nautical "motion control" sequences!
The Hurtigruten cruise line (the name means "fast route") has ferry ships that make trips up and down the Norwegian coast, with daily departures from Bergen (at latitude 60° N) to Kirkenes at the top of Norway (at 71° N). At the top end of Norway you are under the auroral oval and almost always see some level of auroral activity, if skies cooperate.
This 11-day cruise was blessed with five clear nights with active auroras. I was serving as an instructor for a tour group of 30 from the U.S.-based Road Scholar tour company.
The final sequence is of the ship entering the Trollfjorden – a narrow fjord often entered in darkness under searchlight. This was a dramatic sight with the aurora dancing overhead.
All exposures were about 1 to 1.3 seconds only, to minimize blurring during each exposure, shot with the Nikon D750 at ISO 6400, and with mostly the Sigma 14mm Art lens at f/1.8. One sequence is with the Rokinon 12mm full-frame fish-eye at f/2.8. Intervals were 1 to 2 seconds, providing a rapid cadence. In assembly I applied a 4-frame blur to smooth the frame-to-frame motion. All processing with Adobe Camera Raw and assembly with the Mac app Time-Lapse from MicroProjects.ca (an app no longer available - a pity).
Music is by the Hollywood soundtrack artists AudioMachine, and is used with permission under "social media" licence. It is the track "Above and Beyond" from their album Tree of Life.