Amazing Aurora

Having sold the house and with a couple of months to fill before moving into the new place, we decided to take a trip to Norway in the hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). It was a short trip, only three days, so the chance of seeing the sky’s natural fireworks was fairly low – dependent on the solar activity and cloudless skies. With that it mind we flew to Oslo and then on to Tromsø which is well above the Arctic Circle and close to the magnetic North Pole, so a great place to ‘chase the Lights’. We were incredibly lucky and saw the Lights every night.

Here are a couple of photos. The first taken from land and the second taken whilst out at sea in a motor catamaran. They aren’t the greatest shots I’ve seen of the Aurora but you have to start somewhere and it was about -15°C!

 

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  2 comments for “Amazing Aurora

  1. June 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I like the second shot very much. It is unusual to see a portrait shot (at least in the images I’ve seen) and the twist in the column of light adds something quite special.

    • David Collins
      June 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks again Jane. I was a little surprised with the aurora experience. I was expecting to see what I had seen in photos of the aurora but in reality the ‘raw material’ of the display was often less distinct. It’s only when you start processing that you can increase the contrast, saturation and bring out the detail. It’s one of those photo situations where you almost need to go, try to photograph it, process it and then based on the results you have a better personal understanding of how you need to approach the capture. Maybe I’ll make another trip. The portrait/landscape bit is again a little bit of luck since you just don’t know how the aurora is going to appear (if at all). I also like the twist in the portrait shot. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment, I appreciate it. David

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