Timelapse Photography of a Rare Night Sky

There is no surprise photographers have been drawn to capturing some of the natural phenomenons that occurs in the sky during the night hours such as auroras and coronal mass ejection’s. For most, the celestial events are once in a lifetime experiences and, thanks to advancements in digital photography, the ability to share the moment with the world has inspired the creation of some gorgeous timelapse footage:

The stunning footage you saw in the video above was captured in Caithness which is located in Northern Scotland. Part of what makes these sequences stand out among all the others is the rarity of what is happening in the sky. Not only was the lucky photographer, Maciej Winiarczyk, able to capture an Aurora, but he quickly realized he was in for a real treat when a group Noctilucent clouds made an appearance as well. The clouds, often referred to as Night Shining Clouds, are the highest occurring clouds at about 50 miles above earth, which also happens to be the distance in which auroras occur.

The rare cloud formation are usually to distant and faint to see, but are sometimes visible during the summer months at specific points north and south of the equator.

photographing northern lights

On the technical side of things Winiarczyk outfitted himself with a pair of Canon’s, a 7D and a 1000D. Depending on the scene, he switched lenses from anything ranging from a 10mm fisheye all the way through a 300mm zoom. While the exposure settings were frequently changing througout the night depending on the available light, Winiarczyk says, “For aurora shots when dark, I often use ISO 3200, 8 sec. exposure, and f/2.8.”

For Further Training on Timelapse Photography:

There is a COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: The Timelapse Photography Guide

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One response to “Timelapse Photography of a Rare Night Sky”

  1. mattis says:

    It is really common here in norway to see aurora borealis.

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