The Yukon’s Northern Lights by Phil Hart

By: Phil Hart

My three favourite things in the world are mountains, aurora and snow. In early 2012 I got all three of them in spades when I spent nine weeks in the frozen north of Canada’s Yukon Territory, thanks to the generosity of my hosts Andrea and Florian Lemphers.

With four cameras and dozens of lenses, tripods and a truck full of extreme cold weather gear, I journeyed across the Yukon and chased every gap in the clouds I could find. Three terabytes and a long learning curve later, this video is short compilation of some of the best footage I captured during my aurora adventures.

Details about this video:

Cameras: 2 * Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 1100D (aka Rebel T3), Canon 5D.
Lenses: Canon 24mm f1.4L I & II, 14mm f2.8L, 10-22mm f3.5-5.6.

Motion Control: Vixen Polarie, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly and a custom controller developed jointly with Fred Vanderhaven which provides pan/tilt motion control and most importantly almost fully automated day-to-night twilight exposure control. The automated aspect is particularly important in the Yukon – a long twilight at -30 degrees means you can’t be standing by adjusting the camera the whole time, especially when there are three other cameras to operate.

Processing: RAW image sequences have been processed using Lightroom and LR Timelapse, then rendered with After Effects and Premier Pro.

You can read more about my adventures in the Yukon on my blog:

I set my talented friend Dean Roberts (of ‘The Dirt Floor’ band and ‘Lithostylis’ wines) the challenge of recording music for the video. I hope you enjoy the rockin’ soundtrack he came up with.

Phil Hart
31st May 2013

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