Switch on the lights

23rd March 2011

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Photographer Terje Sørgjerd takes the display of artistic determination to the next level, in his efforts to capture the natural phenomenon Aurora Borealis.

After four years of waiting for the perfect conditions he spent a frozen 7 days in and around the Norwegian town of Kirkenes, shooting 22 000 still images of the most amazing light display nature’s got on offer. Shooting from before sunset till after sunrise his efforts payed off and the resulting time-lapse movie is nothing short of magic. Recounting the experience at 70º north and 30º east he comments on his video-blog: ‘Temperatures around -25 Celsius. Good Fun.’

For all of you mad explorers out there wanting to recreate the moment, you can do it!  Sørgjerd’s camera specs and workflow is quoted at the end of this article. For those of you more into sofas and popcorn, enjoy the home-movie experience by Terje Sørgjerd on Vimeo.

Camera Specs and work flow:

Camera:Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24mm/1.4, Canon 16-35mm/2.8, Sigma 12-24mm

Other Equipment: All-in-one motion control dolly
Other Essentials: A lot of hot coffee and a lot of lot of patience

Sørgjerd’s Work Flow:
Converted the raw files to 16-bit TIFF in lightroom.
Rendered the TIFF files in AE to 4k resolution 95% Jpeg.
Edited the 4K video in Final Cut
Exported to 1080P h.264 using Compressor.
Uploaded to Vimeo.

Linn Published by Linn 23rd March 2011
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