Timelapse: Hurtigruten’s Norway

Welcome aboard Hurtigruten’s MS Polarlys for a whirlwind tour of the Norwegian coast accompanied by the hauntingly beautiful “Morning Mood”, composed by Edvard Grieg in 1875.

The time-lapse sequences were shot in late August 2012 using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 married to a Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZF.2 lens (via a Novoflex adapter).

I would like to warmly thank both the crew and fellow passengers on board the MS Polarlys for their kind understanding, interest and support during my ‘filming’ activities on deck. This classic Hurtigruten voyage is the ideal means through which to access the pristine beauty of the wilderness beyond the Arctic Circle.

For all the hardware freaks, here’s a comprehensive list of the equipment used:

Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 + HLD-6 Battery Grip
Storage: SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB Class 10 SDXC
Intervalometer: Phottix Aion Wireless Digital Timer and Remote
Lens Adapter: Novoflex MFT/NIK Micro 4/3 to Nikon F Adapter
Lens: Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZF.2
Filter: Schneider 77mm True-Match Vari-ND and B+W 77mm 110 ND 3.0
Filter Adapter Rings: B+W 62EI-58ESA and 77EI-62EA (58mm to 77mm step-up)
Tripod: Manfrotto MT057C3 + MH055M0-Q2 Magnesium Ball Head
Clamp: Manfrotto Super Clamp 035

Technique: Manual camera settings. The desired exposure was obtained by rotating the outer ring of the variable ND filter with the aim to underexpose by around 1/3 of a stop. With ISO, shutter speed and lens aperture fixed, the ND filter is the only adjustment available!

Post Processing:
:: Image sets adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 4
:: Image sets imported into an Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 2K 24p project
:: Exported as 2048×1024 24p MP4 @ 35Mbps

Soundtrack: “Peer Gynt Suite Nr. 1 Op. 46 (Morgenstemning, 1875)” by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).

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