I recently traveled to Alaska with McKay Photography Academy  – If you don’t follow me on Instagram you missed out on some fun stories! Insta Stories is where I am doing much of my vlogging and behind the scenes content these days.   My Youtube vlog is coming soon – in the meantime here is a look at the stunning Aurora Borealis display we got to see – shot over two nights – Gear list and info below the video.  We are making plans to return to this awesome viewing location in March -Drop your name and email if you want to be on the pre notice list?

Be sure to watch full screen – 4K resolution possible.

Captured over two nights outside Fairbanks Alaska
– KP index was a 1 and 2.
– Temperatures were -30°F to -10°F

A breakdown of the shots seen in the video

screenshot-2016-12-07-17-33-31
Opening Title shots were captured with the Olympus and 7-14mm lens.

 

screenshot-2016-12-07-16-52-30
Captured with the Sony A7RII and 12mm Laowa – 30 second exposures ISO 1250

 

screenshot-2016-12-07-16-53-23
Captured with the Sony A7RII and Batis 18mm – 4 second exposure ISO 3200

 

screenshot-2016-12-07-16-58-11
Captured with Olympus M1-ii 12mm f/1.4 – at f/1.8 10 second exposure ISO 1250

 

screenshot-2016-12-07-17-03-28
Captured with the Sony A7RII and 12mm Laowa – 30 second exposures ISO 1600.

 

Captured with the Sony A7RII and Batis 18mm - 4 second exposure ISO 3200
Captured with the Sony A7RII and Batis 18mm – 4 second exposure ISO 3200

 

Captured with the Sony A7RII and 12mm Laowa - 30 second exposures ISO 1250.
Captured with the Sony A7RII and 12mm Laowa – 30 second exposures ISO 1250 – startrails a result of post processing  – See my HOW TO STAR TRAILS VIDEO

All the individual shots were placed in Final Cut Pro – :04 seconds in a 30fps video.   Notice the shorter exposure shots capture a bit more of the detail but the difference isn’t huge between a 4 and 30 second exposure!

Aurora Borealis Camera Gear

Sony A7RII- B&H Photo Link
Lenses – Batis 18mm f/2.8 & Laowa Optics 12mm f/2.8

Olympus E-M1 Mark II- B&H Photo Link
Lenses – 7-14mm f/2.8 and Lumix 12mm f/1.4

Mefoto Travel Tripod CF

TriggerTrap Kit for Sony

Jackery Thunder 10050mAh (used to power the Sony)

Some additional information: I wanted to shoot more with the Olympus, but in the freezing dark, I found the familiarity of my Sony easier to work with AND I could power the Sony with the external USB for longer time lapses. I was provided only one battery with the Olympus and wanted to save it for some video work. Both cameras performed well in the extreme cold, with one exception. On our first night of shooting, I didn’t have the sony plugged into the USB battery and left it running a series of shots. It died in about 40 minutes! I expected that, but it got so cold that the internal battery must have died and I had to reset the date and time.

Pre Notice List Sign up

Follow me on Instagram | Watch my latest Youtube Video | Subscribe to my YouTube Channel




 Wrapping up the Sony event. Not allowed to share images from the a9 for a few more days so take a look at this wavy #NYC building I shot with my phone #fb
 What do you want to know? #a9 $4500, available end of May 24MP, 20fps, 60fps for AF calculations. No blackout, I spied a small joystick nub on back and 200RAW Images buffer. #fb
 The view from my hotel room. Hello #NYC


Want to be a better photographer? Become a Photorec.tv Member! $5/Month gets you access to my Lightroom video library the support group and more!

Support this site - Shop for anything through the links below and I earn a small percentage - it costs you nothing extra.

SIMILAR ARTICLES

0 112

1 COMMENT

  1. Wow that’s amazing Toby! well done! I would LOVEEEE to be able to capture video and still of the aurora. Maybe I’ll come with the next time you go with McKay’s. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

4 × five =