In this time lapse video, you will see scenes from the beautiful nature in Southern Norway. The breathtaking fjord landscape in Geiranger is in the video as well as scenes from Jotunheimen, Rondane and Hjørundfjorden. You will also see Northern light/Aurora Borealis in the end of the video.
Before every trip, I always try to pre visualize the sequences as much as possible. Despite this, it is often difficult to capture sequences that really shines. Many times too many clouds and/or strong wind have ruined sequences I had planned in advance. In this project however, the luck has definitely been on my side.
The two water reflection sequences (0:15-0:36) for example, turned out very nice in my opinion. The magical interaction between the mist and mirror surfaced- water at sunrise was a moment that will stay in my memory forever. During my 4 years of timelapse photography across Southern Norway, I have never witnessed a lake so calm and in such light. A gentle breeze, and the magic would have been destroyed. Lucky for me, it didn't, I was at the right place at the right time.
The milky way sequence between 3:16-3:26 also surprised me. I thought I had shoot a rather predictable timelapse sequence of the Milky way over high peaks in Jotunheimen. When I started to edit the sequence in post production, I noticed that the color in the atmosphere changed during the sequence- from the usual dark blue to green. I knew that it couldn’t be the aurora as I was shooting towards the south. I did a little research, and I discovered that the phenomenon was called Airglow- which is a faint emission of light caused by various processes in the earths upper atmosphere. I'm always looking for changes in nature when I shoot timalapse, so this was definitely a surprise.
This is my 3rd timelapse project from the beautiful landscapes in Southern Norway, an area which has fascinated me since my childhood. The greatest challenge while filming this project was finding perfect moments at the right place. On one occasion, I had to spend a week just to capture the perfect moment in time. Needless to say, this approach turned out to be rather time consuming, so this project was filmed over the course of 14 months.
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In this timelapse film you will see some of Norway´s most famous nature attractions- from the beautiful fjords, spectacular views from famous panoramic viewpoints like Dalsnibba in Geiranger all the way up to Galdhøpiggen (highest mountain peak in Norway and Northern Europe) just to mention a few of the locations in this film.
This is my debut timelapse video, and the making of this film has been a real challenge. Living in Oslo (250-500 km away from the scenery portrayed in this film), I had to make 11 trips over a period of 15 months to fullfill this project. I had to visit and revisit locations which were not easily reached considering the the heavy photo gear I was carrying.
When I look back on this project, the most exhausting and dramatic challenge was to climb Galdhøpiggen 2469m/8100ft (5:10-6:08). I had to visit this mountain twice while I was shooting this movie, as my first attempt back in july 2010 was ruined by strong winds. In 2011, a second attempt was made, and this time I got lucky. As I witnessed a beautiful sunset on the roof of Norway and Northern Europe, I knew I was pushing the boundaries and it would be a race against darkness and dropping temperatures to the valley 1400 meters/4600 ft below. My concern was right. At this alltitude, the temperature drops rapidly when the sun sets, and the snow fields in the rather steep terrain just below the summit (which were safe during the daylight) had now turned into treacherous ice. Although I was aware that the temperature had plummeted, I didn´t know that the snow fields had turned into ice so rapidly. As a result of my carelessness and stupidity, I fell uncontrolled down the steep slope and got some deep cuts in my left hand. After all, I had lucky escape- as I stopped before I was severly hit by the rocks in the end of the slope.
As the darkness fell, I ran into another problem. Even with a powerful headlamp, I couldn't find the cairns which would lead me down to the valley. After a while I was way out of track and heading straight into steep terrain, so I had no other option than to abort the descent and spend the night in this high alpine area. Nedless to say, the night was very cold, and I had to endure frostbite for many hours. Finally, after 17 hours in this high alpine area, I returned to safety.
Special thanks to:
Tore Johnsen who spent many hours to create and synchronize his beautiful music into this film and my parents for the support.
If you want more detailed information about the locations and nature attractions in this video, check out NORWAY-TRAVEL GUIDE vimeo.com/32381957 (nature attractions and locations are added in the right corner)
Why do we travel? What are we looking for? What is the reason to leave the comfortable home and to set out to the world?
Well, there are many. This video underlined with inspirational quotes about the reasons and rationales why touches some of them. The amazing footage of beautiful nature was shot in the Lofoten Islands in Norway in February 2015.
Silent Storms is my fourth consecutive aurora/astro film. In a way Silent Storms shows how the night skies can be during the three seasons we have darkness here in northern arctic Scandinavia; autumn, winter and spring. It was filmed in Norway, Finland and Sweden, primarily around the Tromsø area, Norway.
The "storms" referred to, are the geomagnetic storms which takes place in the atmosphere when a strong solar wind hits earth, often followed by a CME. When a geomagnetic storms takes place, it can last for days, with several substorms causing auroras to appear. Although there has been reports of audible auroras, this has yet to be proven scientifically.
Shooting through these different seasons raises different challenges, and opportunities. Late august/early september you are still battling against the sun, with the skies appearing very bluish. When the sun finally is low enough beneath the horizon, and there is still no snow, you have pitch black darkness, and it is difficult to use and lit foregrounds properly, unless the moon is present. At this period, I find using silhouettes exciting. When winter has settled you have the most beautiful period, with snow coverd trees, icy reflective grounds, partially frozen rivers etc. In March/April when spring arrives, sun is coming back, causing bluish skies again, but you also get beautiful colors from the sun in the horizon to combine with auroras, if lucky.
Shooting milky ways/startrails this far in the northern hemisphere is challenging as well. First because of the obvious that we cannot see the strongest parts of the milky way up here, but also because there always seem to be som auroras "interfering" when you're planning to shoot an astro shot, even if activity is reported to be low.
The film is made primarly of stills, two sequences are realtime video (03:17 and 03:38). The still sequences has been slowed down in post to a speed I feel is representative for a fast to to normal authentic moving aurora, although still to a speed/length which allows fitting the sequences within the timeframe of such a short video.
Some sequences was added panning to using motion control and rails from Dynamic Perception.
This video is in HD video 720p, but the film is available in full HD 1080p, and 4K/UHD, please contact for licensing inquiries.
Shot using Canon DSLRs + lenses. The realtime sequences was shot in RAW 14bit video using Magic Lantern Firmware on the 5D Mark III.