While chasing one of Earth’s most fascinating natural phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights), Photographer Felipe Pitta ended up in a small village located in Ersfjordbotn, Norway. Known by many as “The Fjord of Light”, it became the perfect spot toset up his camera. In the process of making his first ever Aurora Borealis time-lapse video, he shot over 1,100 stunning images over a period of three nights. The end result, which also included 2 sequences taken from the vantage point of Mount Storsteinen on Floya, succeeds in showing viewers the true majesty of this stunning phenomenon.
An experienced travel photographer who has documented a number of interesting places— including the largest unoccupied jail in Europe, surreal tree tunnels and the bustling art scene near the former Berlin Wall—Felipe is further widening his craft and creativity behind the lens with Astrophotography. In a recent interview with ePHOTOzine he remarks “Seeing images of the Milky Way, the Moon, constellations, etc., is something that fascinates me. And capturing all that with my camera definitely increases all the magic”
That’s a sure way of saying that Felipe has the proper knowledge of his new found fascination of inter-stellar photography. And he is showing that knowledge by capturing the Aurora Borealis. And he is already generating buzz about his work up in the mountains of Norway: such buzz landed his work on the cover of Astronomy Ireland Magazine.
Not to let a wonderful opportunity pass us by, we reached out to Felipe for a short chat.
As a travel photographer, tell us the most amazing place you have been?
I certainly loved photographing all the places I’ve visited, but these three are very special and I think that every photographer must visit and photograph it at least once: Northern Lights – Tromsø, Sagrada Familia – Barcelona and Musee du Louvre – Paris.
Can you describe to us how you set up your camera, angles and other aesthetics when shooting time-lapse photography?
Composition was definitely one of the main challenges when shooting the Aurora Borealis: since it can appear and disappear pretty much anywhere. In the video “A Night at the Fjord of Light,” I tried to compose the scenes according to the landscape: hoping that the Aurora would appear in that “perfect” spot. As for the camera, I always set it to manual mode (M) to avoid flickering: plus a sturdy tripod or dolly, depending on what result I want to achieve.
What advice can you give to photographers who would want to try time-lapse photography?
I think that the first few steps should be to focus more on experimenting with different subjects and a little less stress about creating a technically perfect rendered sequence—there’s plenty of time for that later. Create creative compositions, think about the time interval/effect you want to produce, review/test with a few shots before you start and have fun! 🙂
What sort of upcoming photography projects you are planning in the future?
I will be visiting Italy on a 10 day trip in September, followed by another trip to Portugal. And my expectations are quite high, since both countries are very beautiful. Also at the moment, I’m working on another time-lapse project all shot in Ireland with image sequences of the country’s landscape.