Celestial Lights

Norveški fotograf Ole C. Salomonsen je letošnjo zimo v severni Skandinaviji posnel čudovite podobe severnega sija, ki je bil tokrat še posebej veličasten.
Salomonsen lives in the city of Tromsø, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon between November and January. Tromsø is considered one of the best (inhabited) places on Earth to see Northern Lights. This past winter the light show was particularly intense, as the sun moved closer to the peak (expected in early 2013) of its 11-year cycle of electromagnetic activity. The photographer went to extraordinary lengths to capture these images, traveling across northern Norway, Sweden and Finland over a half-year period beginning in September and ending earlier this month, when the daylight hours grew too long. “I have driven thousands of km between locations up here in the arctic this season,” Salomonsen writes on his Vimeo page. “I was running between 2-3 cameras like a madman.” He estimates he shot about 150,000 exposures to get the 6,000 or so frames used in the four-and-a-half-minute video above. (Vir: Celestial Lights: Spectacular Auroras Move Across the Scandinavian Skies | Open Culture)