While shooting a time lapse of a flight from San Francisco to Paris, photographer Nate Bolt was in for a celestial surprise when he managed to capture the Northern Lights.
I shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris CDG to make this airplane time lapse, the photographer explains on his YouTube account as well as on beepshow.com, which showcases wacky time lapses.
The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times when the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear, he goes on to explain.
The footage shot with a 5d2, a time-lapse controller, and a 16mm - 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots is slowly gathering popularity and attracting media attention.
Speaking on how he took pictures for 11 hours on his flight to Paris during which he captured the Northern Lights, Bolt told msnbc.com, I was as surprised as anybody else.
According to the MSNBC report, during the overnight flight, the half-asleep Bolt leaned over to check his camera and saw the aurora borealis lighting up the skies on its viewfinder screen.
Although he couldn't see the northern lights with his naked eyes, which he attributes to light inside the cabin, Bolt kept shooting. Over the course of the flight, the camera took more than 2,400 images, the report added.
Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis or an aurora is a phenomenon that fascinates many. The lights are caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth's magnetic field and are particularly prominent in polar regions. Although northern lights are visible to the naked eye, it is a rare phenomenon and is considered to be limited between 60 and 72 degrees north and south latitudes.
Titled 'Aurora Borealis via Airplane', the video showing the images of the Northern Lights captured by Bolt is embedded below: