STEP OUTSIDE WHILST EVERYONE HAS GONE TO BED : CLOUDS THAT SHINE BRIGHT AND GLOWING

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FIRE AND ICE
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NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS STORM 4K

– July 12-14th 2016, Denmark

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Adrien Mauduit
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Have you ever noticed bright and glowing clouds in the clear summer night when all other clouds are dark? This phenomenon is called noctilucent clouds or night glowing clouds and happens exclusively in the summer twilight between latitudes 45 and 65 degrees North or South when the sun is not so low on the horizon.
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Published on 15 Jul 2016

On the nights of the 12-13th and 13-14th of July 2016, Denmark has witnessed two very powerful and bright Noctilucent cloud shows in a row. The brightest and broadest I can remember to date anyway.

I have been up all night to try and capture a maximum of detail and information to understand their dynamic and how they evolve. I must say they are very complex, but these events showed something very interesting. Even though they don’t behave the same as storm cells do, the NLC event of the 13-14th of July made me realize they somehow do anyway. I thought they were just a ‘sheet’ of ice particles, but they are way more elaborate than that. It is hard to see inside the clouds, but you can definitely notice when they are transparent enough (you can see the stars) or when they build up as several sheets or system. On some wide angle scenes, you can see the system building up and rising from the cell (the top clouds are faded, dimmer and have another color than the brighter clouds below). At the end of the event, the system seems to expand outwards to eventually be visible above our heads (it might have to do with the fact that the sun is getting closer and closer up to the horizon and can illuminate further.

I also managed to capture some cool close-ups (500mm) so you can see how the clouds behave in a watery-like movement. You are not dreaming, you can see waves, shock fronts or waterfalls in the night sky!

All shots were taken in Odsherred, Sjælland, Denmark with Sony alpha 7r2 and Canon EOS 70D.
The lenses used are:
-Sony 28mm f/2
-Canon 50mm f/1.8
-Canon 100mm f/2.8
-Sigma 150-500mm f/5.6-6.3 APO
-Samyang 24 mm f/1.4
-Metabones adapter

All was processed in Lr 5, Capture One Pro 9, Time-lapse assembler and Final Cut Pro 10.

I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed shooting the scenes. The video will also be available on my website that you are most welcome to come and visit: http://www.adphotography-online.com

YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC0CLzCpM6nuLSAi1JNBjkA

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THE NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS (NLC) 4K – UHD
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Adrien Mauduit

In the summer the Earth is at its farthest away position from the sun on its orbit ellipse, causing the upper layer of the atmosphere, called the mesosphere, to cool down significantly. This layer is virtually dry but very little moisture can be brought from different origins (some speculate from meteorites or shooting stars, rockets…). This moisture gets instantly frozen into super tiny ice crystals that dance and form patterns in the mesosphere currents. These particles are usually not visible to us because the sun’s rays pass in front of them. But let’s say some lower clouds (tropospheric clouds) were to block these rays in front leaving some back rays to illuminate the night sky? If all these conditions are present, a great spectacle of noctilucent clouds is possible for you to observe!

At three-quarters into the NLC (noctilucent clouds) season, I have gathered my best time-lapse shots and compiled them into this little documentary video. I have made a zoomed-in view, so that the viewer can see what NLC look like at wide-angle view, 35-100mm and up-close (500-600mm).

All shots were taken in Odsherred, Sjælland, Denmark in the summer 2016 with Sony alpha 7r2 and Canon EOS 70D. The lenses and post-processing techniques used are listed at the end of the video.

I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed shooting the scenes. The video will also be available on my website that you are most welcome to come and visit: http://www.adphotography-online.com
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