The Great Solstice Aurora: THE MOVIE!
On June 22 I shot the great all-sky aurora with three cameras all shooting time-lapse frames. Here’s the result!
The rapidly moving and astonishing patterns of the aurora are ideal for time-lapse photography. Except for a total eclipse of the Sun, nothing else in the sky changes with such dramatic and jaw-dropping intensity.
For the June 22 outbreak of Northern Lights across the sky, I shot some 2,200 frames, and assembled them into the time-lapse compilation here.
One sequence records the entire sky and the complete development of the display, from when it first appeared in twilight about 11:15 p.m., to when it faded into a diffuse glow across the sky by 1:15 a.m. I shot that sequence with an 8mm fish-eye lens, to capture a scene suitable for projection in a digital planetarium theatre.
I shot the other sequences with 15mm and 24mm lenses. All total, the 3-minute movie comes from about 50 gigabytes of images.
Still images from this night, and from the time-lapse sequences, are in my previous blog post.
I hope you enjoy the video. Do enlarge it to full screen 1080p HD.
– Alan, June 24, 2015 / © 2015 Alan Dyer / www.amazingsky.com