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The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

The aurora has been on my bucket list for years. We’ve taken long drives up north to escape the light pollution of the city only to never see them because of clouds or late nights. A few days ago there was a G4 level geomagnetic storm on the sun, making last night’s aurora display spectacular. Unfortunately, I missed it again! Check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s aurora gallery for photos from around the world.

The Aurora Borealis

A movie created by Per Byhring with Apple Motion 4 for the University of Oslo Department of Physics explaining the aurora. There is some really nice animations of the sun and space in this short film.

Iceland Aurora

Shot in more than 50 locations around Iceland, Iceland Aurora is a non-narrative time lapse film showing the hypnotic northern lights and gorgeous scenery of the island country.

Elemental Iceland

Stian Rekdal presents some stop motion of the beautiful landscapes of Iceland, including the aurora.

Elemental Iceland from Stian Rekdal on Vimeo.

Create your Own Auroras

After Effects Tutorial – Create an Aurora with Particular

QuickVFX shows you how to create the Northern Lights with Trapcode Particular in After Effects CC. We featured this tutorial on our blog back in December, but it’s a good one so it’s worth repeating.

Recreating the Northern Lights Using After Effects

Haffi Mår uses Mettle FreeForm (formerly Digieffects FreeForm) to create the Northern Lights.

Abstrakts “Northern Lights” Photoshop Tutorial

I figured I’d throw in a Photoshop tutorial for kicks.

Posted by Michele Yamazaki