Timelapse video compilation of the aurora borealis (northern lights) taken in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the evenings of March 21-22, 2012.
1,705 still frames were captured using a tripod-mounted Canon 5D Mark II and two lenses: EF 16-35mm/2.8L USM and EF 14mm/2.8L II USM. On March 21, the aurora was faint: we were only able to see it by naked eye for half an hour or less during the evening. On March 22, the aurora was searingly bright, and lasted for over 2.5 hours, spanning most of the night sky (leaving only a dark hole to the south).
We shot for hours each night in temperatures ranging from -5ºF to -20ºF. The 5D2 was a champ, and I was able to shoot around 600 pictures on a single battery charge, even in those temperatures! The Canon TC-80N timelapse remote also worked well, although the settings LCDs on both devices became very slow in the cold, sometimes taking a full second to refresh when I changed settings.
The still images were processed and exported in Lightroom 4. Individual clips were assembled in Quicktime 7 and then brought into Final Cut Pro X for editing into a sequence.
Last summer I decided it was time to see the this "world" I had been hearing so much about. So I bought a backpack, bought a guide book and booked a flight to Peru with a return flight from Brazil.
And so began the best summer of my life. :)
This video montage is basically a summary of the trip, showcasing some of the beautiful places and faces that I encountered.
Filmed on a Canon 550D with Magic Lantern (till that got stolen at knifepoint and I got myself a 600D), kit lens and f1.4 50mm, a few shots with a f2.8 135mm Nikkor.
Colorista for color, Neat Video for noise, After Effects and Premiere. CineStyle color profile in camera.