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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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Skittendalen Valley 30 mins after midnight...yesterday. An amazing place pretty far into the mountains...
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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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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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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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Murphy's Haystacks
South Australia

Creepy noises in the dark, the occasional braying and scuttling of sheep, the sound of wind whistling across the fields and stars, stars as far I could see. For an hour, I had these haystacks alone to myself, my imagination and it was a question of how to record these senses into one image. This is the result of 14 vertical stitched images to encompass the very high milky way at the time of shooting. I hope you feel the sentiment! (ps. this is a redo from the facebook posted image which was done as a very small version on the fly where I completely overdid the stars)

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I just found out i had a DD a few days ago. Thats always a nice surprise! Since that one was an aurora-shot i thought i could throw up something i simply forgot to post earlier...

The intensity of the aurora would change constantly. It could shine like crazy for a brief moment and then be relatively quiet for longer periods. The challenge was to set up on the right place when the activity exploded. I missed some of the finest activity because of some bad choices, but there were a few times where i got it exactly how i wanted.

On this one i wanted the aurora to be reflected in the river right in front of me. The activity had so far been concentrated more to the right of the frame, making such a compo impossible. But suddenly it entered the frame exactly where i wanted it and i got the shot i was after. Mission accomplished..

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Canon 5d w/17-40mmL
17mm
iso 800
f/4
10 sec


Have a great week!

-Arild-

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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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Novatinden, Troms in Norway on a fantastic novemberday.
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Shocking announcement: i`m so scared of the dark...seriously...

So what on earth am i doing in the middle of nowhere in complete darkness? Cause i love the photos you can get in such places...

If someone wonders where the warm sky comes from....it`s amazing how far artificial lights can reach...This is the lights from the airport miles away...

Canon 5d w/17-40mm L
60 sec
f/4
17mm
iso 1600
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