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Northern Lights with Valviktinden II
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Published: February 24, 2012
The Norhtern Lights shoot of 22/1-2012 !

The Aurora Borealis lines up with Valviktinden "peak" !
A part of Mjellefjellene, (mountains range)

This is the second picture submitted here with a horizontal version, This was shot at midnight at 00:07AM
The first submitted picture of Valviktinden :
[link]

The 19/1-2012 a sunspot named 1401 sent a powerfull CME heading directly towards earth, it had a speed of 400 Km/second !

At around 17:50PM at sunday i saw the first lines just above my home !
So i rushed out with my gear and got some shots of the this auroras !
At 19:29PM i drowe to a fortress just at the other side of our local harbour and started shooting pictures there !
So finally i`ve also got my first good shots of northern lights above my hometown :D !
I was going to pick up a nice friend of me, she realy wanted to see this phenomen`s activity, light and colour ! She got a great night to see it !
Joining me and Gaute out for some hours of aurora chasing on Bodø`s northside.

Having bin around that local fortress we headed for the northern side of our city ;)

When we first got there we saw some 4-5 lines with weak auroras and 1 of them was quite active ! This line was going to be the outbreak for this picture :D
It was perfect conditions! We had no moon, with a clear sky filled with stars ! :D
15 Minutes later it was about to explode !
The weak lines looked like joining each others and growing in it`s activity.
It was a strong line which moved around up there, it had some columns and it was pulsating, so we knew there was going to be something ! At the same time a weak line started growing behind Steigtind, (the peak in the picture). It would have bin awesome if i could get a shot of vibrant auroras around Steigtind i thought, which i did ;)
[link]

And so the activity picked up quite fast around 23:19PM the weak line suddenly changed and got more intense with giant columns stretching over the dark peak !

This change in activity was going to do my picture ! The auroras was so vibrant and moved so much that it got all wiped out with shutters above 10 seconds !

That was an amazing show to whitness ! Well behind me was the Kjerringøy Island. Over the Island there where some activity pulsating from north east to south west while crossing behind Valviktinden peak.
During the activity around Steigtind peak the auroras behind us, again facing the island, was increasing in activity as well !

We where about to leave for a new location when the auroras behind Valviktinden peak started a great v-shape show !

The Northern Lights got weaker around 00:53AM. I was back home again around 03:00AM so it was a long night shoot ! We had -7*C with 8m/s wind so probably -13 to -16*C !

I will be submitting more pictures from this night !
I have picked 50 pictures of 415 from the night so i`m very happy with the shoot !


For more of my aurora pictures please see my folder :
[link]
Image size
4288x2848px 5.04 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D300S
Shutter Speed
13/1 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
12 mm
ISO Speed
640
Date Taken
Jan 23, 2012, 12:07:37 AM
Software
Ver.1.01
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Comments (43)
pacmangeek's avatar
pacmangeek|Hobbyist Photographer
how did you focus the sky?
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Hey :D i set the lense to somewhere around infinity focus, so all behind the range of the limit of my lense will be in focus ;)
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pacmangeek|Hobbyist Photographer
infinity focus or ISO to infinity?
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
i sayd focus ?
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Sand-Dollar|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! this is really beautiful I can see why, years and years ago, people thought that the lights were the gods and spirits. I like that better than dust particles :D
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
hehe agreed :D
It`s the solar winds which is loaded with electrons and atoms which colides with that kind of stuff in our atmosphere, the result is a explosion with colours !
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Sand-Dollar|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol that is so great!!!!! i bet there was this one caveman that no one liked.......his name was probably benny, and everyone was like AH THE GREAT SPIRITS! and he was like UM GUYS, ACTUALLY I THINK THAT'S JUST SOLAR WINDS WHICH ARE LOADED WITH ELECTRONS AND ATOMS WHICH COLIDE WITH DABREE IN OUR ATMOSPHERE...................... and every one else was like........................................................................
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
haha, there was a time !
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rioza's avatar
rioza|Student General Artist
Wow... just... breathtaking.
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
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Line-of-Birds|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh boy. I think this is my favorite so far, out of all your work - except maybe that dragon head corona, with the red eyes...
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
^^ hehe that one rocks :D
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Line-of-Birds|Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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Meema's avatar
Meema|Hobbyist Photographer
Another lovely shot.
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SindreAHN's avatar
SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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Phunnist's avatar
Phunnist|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An amazing shot! Blows my mind :)
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :D !
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Nightwalker50|Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty dramatic phase III aurora action here!
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
This is some few minutes after the sky lit up ! from a weak line !
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MysticUser|Hobbyist Photographer
O.o
AWESOME!
Bra tatt ;)
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SindreAHN|Professional General Artist
Tusen takk ;) !
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