The aurora borealis is a wonder, truly, and, as captured here, in landscape photographer Ole C. Salomonsen's 2012 stop-motion film, Celestial Lights Viewed From Earth, it will leave you in awe.
Salomonsen, of Tromso, Norway, spent the months from September 2011 to April 2012 on a project that took him across Norway, Sweden, and Finland; in his quest to film the aurora borealis, Salomonsen shot some 150,000 exposures from which he selected approximately 6,000 frames for use in the video below. (Salomonsen plans to use other sequences for another project.) Using two to three cameras, he shot most of the sequences using circular fish-eye optics; his list of gear appears on his Vimeo page.
Norwegian composer Kai-Anders Ryan contributed the gorgeous music for Salomonsen's film.
Celestial Lights is the second of Salomonsen's video projects. The first time-lapse video, In the Land of the Northern Lights, may be viewed here.
Northern Lights Explained
Ole C. Salomonsen on FaceBook and YouTube
Kai-Anders Ryan on FaceBook
Audio Track for Celestial Lights on iTunes