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I`ve said before that i always try to capture the Northern Lights
within an otherwise interesting scene.
I try not to run around shooting it just to document the dancing lights. Well, this is me doing exactly that..
Theres a few aurora forecast sites i follow closely. This particular
day the forecast predicted just a little activity, so i didnt bother
thinking about going out.
I put my youngest son to sleep and as usual i fell asleep beside him. Woke up groggy and tired as hell..stumbled over to the computer and accidently checked the activity.
WHAT?!?! The graphs were off the charts!! The forecast was changed to "high levels"... I grabbed my gear and drove like a madman towards one of my safe spots. I was a real danger in traffic this evening.
I kept looking out the window constantly and the aurora really was going crazy. I know how these moments can fade quickly so it came to a point where i just couldnt risk losing this show. So i just pulled over, grabbed my camera, reached for the headlamp... oh come on...fucking forgot the headlamp!
So now i was forced to literally feel my way down to the edge of the sea, a couple of times i was pretty close to breaking both my legs and the equipment.
I managed to get down in one piece. Then i had to compose in the dark. That was a challenge...
I pulled out my papercard (i`ve replaced the cloth with a piece of paperboard), put it the filterholder so that it covered the sky. Started the exposure and after around 20 secs i removed the card, letting the sky expose for 5-6 seconds.
After this i continued to my planned location. By the time i got there the activity had changed into something completely different. Instead of a vivid and intense lightshow, i now had the aurora all over the sky. And then i mean ALL over the sky. A constant green living carpet covering the entire sky. Thats a whole other thing to shoot. But i got a couple of really cool ones shooting straight up. I`ll show that later...
So here it is....my first aurorashot with a braindamaged composition...
Have a nasty weekend...i know i will...
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