Lightning, Stars, and Aurorae Shine in Epic Time-Lapse

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When the sun sets, the show begins: night after night of incredible weather, shimmering aurorae, and stunning starry vistas over the rugged and rural landscapes of South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming are captured in “Huelux,” the latest time-lapse film from photographer Randy Halverson.

Shot over seven months, Huelux presents the night sky in a way only time-lapse photography — and a skilled artist — can. Lightning storms flash, clouds speed by, the Northern Lights dance and, behind it all, the grand vista of the Milky Way makes its stately arc across the heavens. Human activity is reduced to mere flickers at these time scales, as the meteor-like flashes of commercial jet planes and communications satellites show.

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On where the film’s title came from, Randy shares his inspiration:

“I came up with the title Huelux, which comes from hue (a color property), and lux which is Latin for light. Some of the aurora and Milky Way were difficult to color correct, so I spent a lot of time with the hue settings, white balance, etc. during the month and a half edit. The low aurora on the horizon were often yellow, while closer (higher in the sky) aurora were green. If I adjusted the yellow aurora on the horizon green, it threw the rest of the colors, such as grass, way off and made the whole image too blue.”

Fantastic work — truly a testament to the beauty of the night sky, as well as a haunting exhibition of a slightly more ponderous passage of time.

Read more about Randy’s photography and processing on his website here.

Video credit: Randy Halverson (Dakotalapse.com). Music by Peter Nanasi.