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Arctic Illumination | by Pete Rowbottom, Wigan, UK
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Arctic Illumination

Explore #1 15/05/17


A glorious, and absolutely bitterly cold, freezing evening overlooking Tromso in Northern Norway.


Just after the sun had set for the evening and the last of the light had gone, the wait was on for the City to light up during blue hour, what was probably a 25 minute wait felt like about an hour as it was -30 degrees outside also with a wind on the mountain top making it feel even colder than that! an amazing view but not a pleasant experience stood there freezing! you can't even jump about to keep warm as other people had tripods set up nearby!


Once the lights were on I got the shots I wanted as quickly as I could without rushing, and quickly retreated inside to defrost, I couldn't even fold my tripod down properly as my hands had stopped functioning! As unwelcome as the cold was, it gives great clarity to images whilst it is setting about freezing your bones.

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Taken on February 22, 2017