Check out This Spectacular View of the Northern Lights Filmed with a Drone

Sony a7S II + a drone + the Northern Lights = spectacular.

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is an absolutely awe-inspiring sight to see in real life. But if you're unable to travel to the places in the world where this magnificent natural phenomenon occurs, this might be the next best thing. 

Photographer Oli Haukur Myrdal of OZZO Photography managed to shoot this video of the Northern Lights using a drone:

Oli traveled to Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula to capture this beautiful sight with a DJI Matrice 600 drone, a Sony A7s II, and a wide-angle Sigma 20mm f1.4 lens. He tells PetaPixel:

We use Sony a7S II for most of our low-light aerial shots,” explains Oli. “Usually we fly with Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8 its very light and gives us up to 24 minutes of flying time on the Matrice 600, but for The Northern Light shots I used the Ultra Wide Sigma 20mm f/1.4 lens with shutter speed set to 1/25th, ISO at 25,600, white balance at 4800K, and the lens wide open at f/1.4. 

This is actually quite an impressive feat, considering the fact that shooting a video like this in such extreme low-light conditions requires a highly sensitive camera. Ever since Sony came out with the A7s line of HDR shooters a couple of years ago, we've started to see more and more cameras beefing up their native ISOs. The A7s II that Oli used in this shoot has an ISO sensitivity of an astonishing 100-102400, which means the camera can not only "see" in extreme low-light, but that it won't be too noisy.

Kudos to Oli for managing to shoot one of the most beautiful—and the most challenging—sights in the world.     

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That is great stuff, although I feel he could have stopped the lens down for some extra sharpness and maybe sacrificing a little bit of light.

August 29, 2016 at 12:57AM, Edited August 29, 12:57AM

Gerbert Floor
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Video was taken down! :( Was excited to see that...

August 29, 2016 at 10:26AM, Edited August 29, 10:26AM

Brent Black

Vimeo has removed or disabled access to the video Northern Lights shot with a Drone as a result of a third-party notification by Deep Elm Digital LLC that claims this material is infringing on their copyright.


August 29, 2016 at 3:46PM, Edited August 29, 3:46PM