The Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway at 127 miles long, with a 2.8 mile average width, and with cliff sides of 3300 feet or more. Commuter ferries run from the city of Bergen, north through the coastal islands, then east into the Sognefjord to the town of Flam (with stops in Austreim, Vikøyri, Balestrand, and Leikanger). Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in continental Europe, is on the north side of the Sognefjord (and is visible in the video as the ferry travels from Vikøyri to Balestrand). The trip shown in the video is the ferry portion of the popular "Sognefjord in a Nutshell" tour and is approximately 135 nautical miles (equal to 155 statute miles) in length (giving an average ferry speed of 24.5 knots). The round trip back to Bergen is completed with a ride up to Myrdal on the historic Flam Railway ("the steepest unassisted railway climb in the world", the classic rail cars can be seen to the right in the last frame of the video), then a change of trains to the regional line that returns to Bergen.
Filmed on August 22, 2013, using a GoPro2 (with a battery bacpac) fixed to the bow of the ferry using a suction cup mount, shooting wide-angle/5mb at 1 picture every 5 seconds. Assembled in Premiere and exported at H.264/1080p/23.976fps, cropped for a 2.35 cinemascope aspect ratio, outputting a 76.6mb mp4 file. The time lapse began at 8:00am as the ferry departed Bergen and continued until 1:30pm when it arrived into Flam. The two batteries on the GoPro2 were nearly dead by the end of the 5.5 hour trip. Heat from the GoPro2 batteries caused condensation on the inside of the waterproof case which resulted in some foggy footage (visible halfway through the video as the ferry approached Austreim, where the case was wiped dry). I think this could have been avoided with the use of the GoPro2 case with holes in the back. Lens distortion from the GoPro2 was reduced in Premiere by applying a "Lens Distortion" video effect setting of "Curvature: -30." The white balance was shifted slightly cooler using Premiere's "Fast Color Corrector" video effect filter.
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