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An amazing experience being in a remote place with only the moon to light up the woods. I had a blast! The aurora came to visit as a bonus...

Pleased with the way the aurora mirrors in the ice...
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Wind spiraled around this cirque while the lake froze, trapping waves at their crest.

The ice was only about 2 inches thick, but my friend assured me that it was enough to hold us. I wasn't so sure though when pings and other noises like sonar started echoing under us. Then my friend slipped and cracked the ice and his head. Luckily, the ice didn't give!

This is a composite of 7 f 2.8 exposures. Like my previous aurora image, this is one exposure for the aurora and mountains and 6 at different focal points for the foreground blended in post.

Copyright Colin H. Sillerud
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Intense polar lights over Ausvagoya Island (Lofoten, Norway).

17.09.2010 - EOS 5D Mark II with Carl Zeiss Distagon 21/2.8
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Novatinden, Troms in Norway on a fantastic novemberday.
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Please read my story about this spectacular phenomen and picture ;) just forget my bad english ^^ Best regards, SindreAHN from Norway Bodø ;)

The Aurora Borealis, known as the Northern Lights !

They appear in the dark winter night in the north lands, they dance for us, give us light and colour !
The Auroras have bin belived to be gods showing themselves for the Inuit`s !

A cool story there`s lot of story`s of the auroras ! :D

Well this night we knew there was going to be a nice lit show !
But we didn`t know where to go, so we wente to Austvika, Mjelle, and then the master decision was to drive to the fields at Festvåg ! :D We parked the car in the middle of the road and ran out on a big field with a old spooky house !

The Auroras was flickering, dancing and the light and colour was incredible ! I was so amazed i forgot my camera !
Shooting a picture with the car and the auroras V shaped above it i did, but after i was left in my self, i felt uncontrolled by this light, it was alive !
I`ve heard some auroras even have made sounds ! whispering ! I was so thrilled looking at this, i started to feel it in my neck ! I just sit there in the snow with the camera and the tripod in my hands :D i was engulfed with the spirit of winter !
I forgot all around me, it was pitch black ! and all i could see was this light`s dance and colour, mostly blue and green this night !

Well i got focused again and raised my gear and started shooting ! The first picture was a 30 seconds exposure at 21:31PM this picture was shot at 00:19AM ! :D

Shooting this phenomen me and my friend Gaute have learned a lot about our cameras and knowledge for the auroras shape and behavior !

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IT HAPPENS RIGHT ABOVE US !

We stood there shooting pictures like crasy screaming to each other where to shoot looking for "new outbreaks" Later i borrowed Gaute`s wideangle zoom lense, a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 ( which im now saving up to buy !) to test it ;) as he was going for the middle range zoom, (18-135mm).
The auroras suddenly, like nothing had bin there stopped dancing slowly and was gone for maybe a 1-2 minutes !

THEN suddenly out of nowhere a long line column shaped aurora started to appear ! at KP5/6 (more about KP later)
And i looked into a OUTBREAK of auroras ontop of us ! like right above us ! It didn`t take me long time to figure out it was a corona building up ! a outbreak point where lines and columns of auroras stretch from, a ``center explosion point `` where the geomagnetic activity is extremely high ! Where atoms and protons colide from the solar winds with our magnetic field up in the atmosphere creating this light !
It is called a ZENITH a tied point of auroras !

SETTINGS
I tilted my tripod head at 12 o`clock positiong the Tokina and the Nikon right up !
Settings 30 seconds ! over expose with 5+ E/V ! ISO 800 at F2.8 ! and 11mm wide zoom, point focal, metrix metering ;)
and hit the shooter !

I layed down in the snow looking at this auroral zenith feeling the magic and thrill by being out here ! While waiting for the camera to save the picture with a nice 14 bits RAW file ;) I was captured here by the Spirit of Winter !

Thanx to everyone of you deviant friends for reading my story ;)
Thank you for favs and comments which i will be very grateful for !

I will try to reply to all of you in the best way, so feel free to shoot a question about this phenomen :D

The Aurora Borealis folder :
[link]

Have a awesome weekend :D
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I shit you not these were brighter than a full moon. The whole landscape and all of the snow glowed green.


Edit - fixed color a little and upped the res as well
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This one is from a truly insane evening late in may. I shot this around half an hour after midnight. The whole evening had already proven to be extraordinary. A blanket of pitch black clouds had created the most magnificent display of colour and drama you can immagine.

I knew that the midnight sun would appear in this spot at exactly this time and i wasnt disappointed. The dark clouds darkened the whole scene and the sun was intense in the gap between sea & sky. An extremely difficult shot to pull off because of the enormous dynamic range.

This may not seem real, but this is as close to reality as i was able to come... I just love how the sunlight is showing through the blueish water over the rocks.

I wish i had a reverse grad for this scene, but i still managed to get some detail out of the sky. It was a sick night...

Canon 5d w/polarizer & Lee 0.9 soft grad

17mm
f22
iso 400
2 sec

Cheers everyone!

-Arild-

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Not much to say...A particularly awesome and intense blast of aurora form a corona...This one was eerie, and very fast moving...I'm amazed I captured this kind of detail in the event.

Print now available!
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Skittendalen Valley 30 mins after midnight...yesterday. An amazing place pretty far into the mountains...
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Having some good times in Yellowknife, NT
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