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Northern Lights with Valviktind 2013
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Published: January 27, 2013
Norway, Bodø
26/1-2013
The remains of the solar wind that struck our magnetic field between the 25th/26th still gave me some awesome Northern Lights show yesterday evening !

I had no plans about going out, but suddenly there was a lead prediction for a active show in 50 minutes (KP5) ! The weather was forcasted to be cloudy and snowing, but none of that weather had yet happend ! I had a clear sky filled with stars and bright light from the fullmoon !
So i checked my gear, got dressed up and went out again ! ;) Just stepped out of the door i could see a weak long line of lights from east to west :)
I started driving the usual road, and thought that i wanted to go to the northern side of town, the local palces Mjelle and Festvag.
When i got to Løpsmarka where you can see the Landegode Island it was surronded with weak lines, so i parked at the parking spot there where i have shot a lot of pictures before and did some again ! :)
But I told myself about the lead prediction and i wanted to get some better pictures of the landscape at Mjelle ! so I kept on driving !
Second stop was at Mjelle, did some few pictures there from a top. It was new powder snow everywhere, that reached me up above my knees ! :D The only bad thing was that i couldn`t see the hard ice below the snow, so I fell over a couple of times there !
But no problems with my camera gear !
Having bin around Mjelle for allmost a half hour the lights had not kicked in yet :( So i started checking predictions, and it was still ment to be active lights. So i drove to the original planned destination. When I arrived at my third parking spot I walked up on a top beside the road. From there i had a clear view to Valviktinden and Steigtind peak, surronded with a great landscape covered in snow !
The Lights where still just weak lines arround me, 3 or 4 lines. I shot some pictures with different settings to find a good exposure for the snow and if the lights where going to be extreme !

After 15 minutes of waiting there, suddenly to the west of the peak Steigtind a line filled with 5,6 rays with good distance between each of them started to lit up and move quite fast ! I pointed the camera at them and started firing away some pictures !
In no time and from nowhere as usual with this awesome phenomen it lit up the whole place with strong, intense, vibrant and fast moving Northern Lights ! I got pictures of the Valviktinden peak as i wanted, even got some new of Steigtind peak ! This was the prediction it was only 15,20 minutes later then predicted. I was at the right place to the right time with my patient for capturing a new set of good pictures, which i got ! :D
I had my 3 hours of photographing the lights this evening again, the weather was all clear, the fullmoon gave bright light and life to the winterlandscape where the snow reflected some light !
I saw the clouds waiting at the coast. When the auroras got weak again, into this massive "aftershow" the clouds started moving in, so i got my open window of clear weather and a great show, the second time in a week ! :D

Have a nice week everyone !
For more of my aurora pictures, please see my gallery :
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Image size
4040x2683px 4.54 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D300S
Shutter Speed
5/1 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
11 mm
ISO Speed
640
Date Taken
Jan 26, 2013, 8:42:25 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 (Windows)
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scapeaholic's avatar
Beautiful shot!
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Beautiful
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Stunning shot :)
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Amazing !
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Beautiful  ^-^
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Looks good 
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Zlata-Petal|Hobbyist Photographer
This amazing capture is featured in my latest Journal "S K Y "
Great work:tighthug::sun: :tighthug:
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks ;) ^^
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Zlata-Petal|Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome  :rose::tighthug: :rose:
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Breathtaking !
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
:D
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great
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
thanks ;)
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FiXato|Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured your latest photographs on G+ again :) [link]
When will we see some more photographs from your latest trip? :)
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks :D ! Soon ! i have bin busy the last week with long days at work, and this weekend i was on a cottage, catching more pictures, spending time with my family, so soon ! ;)
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this amazing work is featured here [link]
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks ! ;)
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Amazing!
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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well done
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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superb!!!
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks :D !
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Awesomeness! Love how bright you got the foreground :thumbsup:
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