Flakstad, Lofoten Islands

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This image is from the first first evening we really got some decent conditions. The moon was shining beautifully through the broken cloud and you could control the strength of the moonlight on the landscape simply by waiting for the cloud to diffuse it.

 

This was the first image I got at this location and was a complete fluke. Very little thought went into the composition as I was just experimenting to see what was happening in the sky and distance. I had no idea until a few days later that Aurora was present, it was very hard to notice on the lcd screen and took a fair bit of processing to bring it out like this. Looking back through my exposures now I can see that the levels of Aurora fell away very quickly after this image. I started to increase the exposure to achieve better histograms which also made Aurora Borealis much harder to detect. I'm so lucky to have caught it here like this and I now much prefer this image to the others, even though they are slightly sharper, less noisy and better composed.

To have slightly underexposed like this at a relatively high iso and fast enough shutter speed to capture the northern lights before the cloud came right over them was probably the luckiest break I've ever had photographically.

 

Northern Norway was without doubt the best photographic trip I have been on. The temperatures were extreme this far into the Arctic Circle but the dancing round in excitement kept me warm whilst shooting in good light. The adrenalin rushing around my body when the lights really appeared on the very last night had all of us running around like headless chickens. One of the greatest moments of my life and the time between exposures when you could really take it all in will never be forgotten. I really cat wait to get back!

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Taken on January 28, 2010