This amazing video of the northern lights was caught in realtime
After ten years of northern light photography, Marius Birkeland finally caught the movement of the colours without time-lapse.
“The northern lights are addictive. If you’ve done it once, you keep going out.”
Marius Birkeland is hooked. The photographer from Sortland, whose day job is with news site Vesterålen Online, has for a long time been taking time-lapse photos – a string of still images combined into a video – but often felt that reality surpassed the camera’s capture.
“The northern lights move so fast. If your shutter is set to two seconds, a lot of it is lost, like the movements of the pinks. I have always wanted to film what it actually looks like.”
Last week, he finally succeeded. Together with a friend and a Sony a7sii camera that is more sensitive to light, he embarked on a photo safari on Andøy.
Whereas the light sensitivity his regular DSLR equipment will allow settings of about 5,000 to 6,000 ISO, his new gear goes up to 50,000 ISO – which was what he needed to capture a shimmering corona on video in realtime.
Et bilde publisert av Marius Birkeland (@m_birkeland83)
“Why did you choose to focus on nature?”
“From when I was very young, I’ve always been dragged along to all kinds of nature hikes. As an adult, I kept going into nature. And going off into the wild to find a good image is a lot more challenging.”