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!

    Jeff J......., greggys stuff, and 122 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Gary Everson 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Paw Award! (Gold, Silver & Bronze), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. Gary Everson 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Your Preferred Picture , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. idashum 62 months ago | reply

      Wow - amazing to see those colors. Thanks for sharing your experience. This composition is just a feast for the eyes.

    4. fierman much 62 months ago | reply

      ooohhohohoohho... very nice pic...

    5. kth_friend 62 months ago | reply

      great shot, that is an amazing site.

    6. The_Photo_Boy 62 months ago | reply

      nice one, great shot!

    7. Serginiu 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FotoPlazza, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. Absolute Imperfection 62 months ago | reply

      ohh this is beautiful! what a sight

    9. billposter 62 months ago | reply

      Breathtaking. I stumbled on your stream by accident and delighted I am!

    10. sminky_pinky100 (In and Out) 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Exposition (Add 1 - Comment 2 ) Sweeper Active, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Breathtaking is absolutely the word for this incredible shot. I can tell by your text that this was an amazing experience.

    11. Mangini Adalberto & Laura - sorry busy - few time 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Scenics & Wilderness (Admin Invite Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      The aurora of the right is amazing. A great work and a great gem of landscape photography!

    12. Claudio / www.claudiocoppari.com 62 months ago | reply

      Very great shot of this wonderful place!

    13. Rui Almeida. 61 months ago | reply

      congratulations for the explore

    14. Xindaan 58 months ago | reply

      Hi,

      you might be interested to find your picture again here:
      www.flickr.com/photos/34319643@N02/4404040713/

      including your watermark.

    15. Dan Wiklund 56 months ago | reply

      Outstanding. What an atmosphere.

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    17. Vaidas M 51 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot!
      Seeing your photos from Lofoten brings back very nice memories. I visited the place a couple of years ago, but back then I wasn't into landscape photography as much as I am now, and it really feels like I missed a perfect opportunity to capture some great views. These photos make it very tempting to go there again :)

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