Norway is home to some of the most spectacular fjords on Earth. These v-shaped valleys carved by glaciers during the last ice age harbor sharp mountain ridges and long arms of sea water turning into a very dramatic landscape during both day and night.
The fjords of Northern Norway do possess one more advantage though. In the winter, when a thick blanket of snow deposits on the jagged-edged peaks, the aurora borealis sheds light on them and reveals the splendor of the scenery. The goal with this short film was to show the beauty of those fjords using similar time-lapse techniques (tracking, ramping…) as some of my previous movies to showcase the night sky in a different way. All the scenes were shot on Senja island.
You will be able to gaze at many aurora shows in different lighting situations (moon, light pollution…), whether they are a simple arch on the northern horizon or an overhead corona. I also wanted to highlight different night sky phenomena, like Orion and Barnard’s loop, the Perseus arm and its nebulosity in the aurora, or even comet Wirtanen with the Pleiades and Hyades!
All was shot with the Sony a7rII, Sony a7s and the Canon 6D Baader modified and a variety of bright lenses ranging from 14mm to 150mm. I used the Lonely Speck Pure Night and Matt Aust Light pollution filters to reduce light pollution and increase details on the deep-sky scenes and also the Vixen Polarie to track the stars and get cleaner shots. For motion control I used the Syrp 3-axis Genie I system and also the Vixen Polarie. All post production was made in Lr with the special timelapse plus plugin, Sequence for mac, TLDF, and final production was made in FCPX. I hope you like the movie as much as I liked shooting and processing it and I thank everyone of you for your support. All content is of course copyrighted AMP&F (except sountrack licensed through The Musicbed: Tony Anderson with ‘The Way Home’), and no footage can be used in any way without the author’s permission. Please contact me for media and purchase inquiry. Please share and comment if you liked the video and follow me for more videos like this one! More at www.nightlightsfilms.com