Time Lapse Video from TSO Photography: “The Arctic Light”

Images by Terje Sorgjerd  for  TSO Photography

From TSO Photography comes another amazing time lapse video that was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.

According to TSO: “My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser. What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light and it is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun.

“The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last 4 years, at the exact  same time of year, to photograph. Based on previous experience, I knew this was going to be a very  difficult trip. Having lost a couple of cameras and some other equipment up there before, it was crucial to bring an extra set of everything. I also  made sure I had plenty of time in case something went wrong.

“If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with 2 tripods, a rail, a controller,  camera, lenses, filters and rigging for 4-5 hour long sequences at a time, and then  having to calculate the rise and fall of the tides in order to capture the essence – it all proved bit of a challenge.

“And almost as if planned, the trip would turn out to become very  difficult indeed. I had numerous setbacks including: airline lost my  luggage, struggling to swim ashore after falling into the Arctic sea: twice, breaking lenses, filters, tripod, computer, losing the whole dolly rig and controller into the sea, and even falling off a rather tall rock and ending  up in the hospital. As much as I wanted to give up, the best way Out is  always “Through”. I am glad I stuck it through though because there were some amazing sunrises waiting. At  1:06  you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute.. 10 hours with light like that.”

The Arctic Light

This video is in High Definition, so make sure that you watch in full screen mode.

The Arctic Light from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

More Time Lapse Videos

If you enjoyed watching “The Arctic Light” then check out Mr. TSO’s  other time lapse videos:

About the author:

TSO is a passionate landscape photographer and filmmaker from Norway. You can follow TSO at:


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