I’ve lived in Toronto for many years, so I’m no stranger to the cold. It’s not cold all the time, and summers in the city are special. To me, it’s one of the greatest cities on Earth, but 6-7 months of winter, in my opinion, is somewhat cruel. As I sit here on a warm and rainy day in Miami with my balcony door open in a t-shirt, it’s hard to think of going back to that the year ‘round. I’m a warm weather boy at heart, and the idea of voluntarily subjecting myself to bitter cold is somewhat abhorrent. There is, however, one sight in particular that would get me to don my Parka voluntarily again, and that’s the Aurora Borealis.
Maybe you’ve seen it, and for that I would say you’re incredibly fortunate. I’m drawn like a moth to some enormous flame to all images and videos of it, but they’re usually timelapses, or poor footage, and that leaves me wanting. What I’ve been wanting for is precisely what is featured here on this page; Husband and wife photography duo Ronn and Marketa Murray have shot and brought to us the world’s first real-time Northern Lights video captured in 4K, and it’s brilliant.
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Trudging through feet upon feet of snow, enduring temperatures that are far below freezing, and whipping winds, the couple filmed this from Fairbanks, Alaska, where they live. It was done with a Sony A7s, and a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4, and recorded using an Atomos Shogun external 4k recorder, and all stabilized using the DJI Ronin Gimbal Stabilizer.
They admittedly say there are some kinks in the armor to work out, particularly with stabilization, but it would appear it all worked well to most. What’s wonderful about this is that it actually gives you the sensation of what it’s actually like to be there. And frankly, compared to the other artistic timelapses and so forth, that’s exactly what I want to feel.
Really worth your time checking out more of the duo’s work on their site.