I wrote a post a while back on city lights with some gifs and time lapse videos of big cities’ night lights.
Here are a few beauties of nature’s lights for the holiday season.
Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.
Climbing is the only cure for gravity. This is selection of northern lights we filmed during the winter 2011 in several locations in the Finnish Lapland. It’s filmed with DSLR cameras with timelapse technique and with remote pan/tilt heads.
Next, from The Mountain – one of the primo places in the world to see the stars,
The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.
This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (http://bit.ly/g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.
And here is some light from California, Texas and Oregon,
Within Two Worlds depicts an alternate perspective by giving us the illusion of time’s movement, signifying a beginning and end within a world of constant contradiction. It appears you are traveling in the midst of a dream, half-sleeping, half-waking, and touching the arch connecting heaven and earth.
Locations include: Tumalo Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness, Mount Shasta, Big Bend National Park, Mono Lake, Aurora Borealis over Crater Lake National Park, Texas, Painted Hills, the High Sierra, and the Aurora Borealis over Sparks Lake.
And here are some still images with a few of the awe-inspiring phenomenon of volcano lightning,