I have just returned from my annual trip to Norway to shoot the Northern Lights. This year I used a Sony PMW-350 with a NanoFlash and they performed superbly, which was just well as this year we were clouded out for all but 2 nights and even then there was a thin layer of cloud making the Aurora dim and diffuse. One of these days I'm going to get the funds together to go and spend a month up in Norway during the winter and really make a go of shooting the Aurora. It is such a beautiful subject and video cameras are now sensitive enough to capture many of the finer details that are lost with long exposure still photographs.
The clips were shot using the Slow Shutter at either 32 of 64 frames recording 1 frame every second timelapse on both the 350 and NanoFlash. I did have to add in some gain this year due to the faint nature of the Aurora, up to 6db at times and as a result the pictures are grainier than I would have liked. Even so I have to say that the 350 is super sensitive. There was another person with me (Phil Clemo) shooting on one of my EX3's and the footage from the 350 is quite a bit better than the EX3 material shot at the same time.
This is a collection of footage from a year of travelling the world shooting all kinds on natural events. From Arctic Norway to the Arizona deserts I have been building up a collection of some of natures most dramatic events. The Northern Light, Tornadoes, Hurricanes are all included in this clip. I hope you enjpy it! I used Sony XDCAM EX1, EX3 and XDCAM HD cameras and travelled to Norway, Iceland, The Mid-West, Arizona and Florida. I flew over 30,000 miles and drove over 10,000 miles getting this material.
Tucson is one of the many cities that claims to be the lightning capital of the world. After watching and filming this storm I have to say it is a justifiable claim! This came after a week chasing storms in both Arizona and Florida and was the highlight of the trip. The lightning was continuous for about an hour. Every year during the monsoon season severe thunderstorms are common across much of Arizona.
The final day of the Elemental project (elementalproject.com) trip to Arizona to film the monsoon ended with a bang! After the first two days of the trip the Arizona Monsoon took a break, so we flew down to Florida and chased storms around the Tampa bay area. Then today we flew back to Arizona for the final day of our trip and were rewarded by some spectacular thunderstorms. The clips here are just a few quickly selected shots from the hours of footage shot today. I am particularly please with the timelapse lightning shot with an EX3 using the 32 frame shutter with 1 second intervals. Just wish you could see this material in it's full glory as it looks stunning!
This is a rough and ready compilation of clips from the first 2 days of our Extreme Heat trip to Arizona. We arrived in the middle of some Monsoon Thunderstorms with amazing lightning around the city of Tucson Arizona. later in the week we are expecting the temperature to reach 110 degrees out in the desert. Check back soon for more from this trip. Main camera is a Sony EX3 and so far working very well indeed.