Just back from an amazing trip in Arctic Norway, I seem to be saying this a lot recently but its just so fantastic I cant keep away from the place!
Ever since the first trip I've wanted to shoot Aurora Borealis reflected like this. As always the northern lights were pretty much illusive until the last night, we waited around here for hours under a mostly cloudy night sky in hope of a little piece of magic. Needless to say it happened, the light clouds parted and a burst of Aurora for 10 minutes occurred at the same time. Its always completely magical standing underneath them like this, even more so on the last night of the trip. We witnessed a few more breaks across the sky and a few more bands of the lights later, nothing seemed to compare to the first bout though.
I think this soft and relatively low level of activity was perfect for this image, the perfect reflections and the moonlit snow covered landscape creates a tranquil atmosphere for me, I'm not so sure a bigger eruption of activity would have worked so well.
The company on the trip was fantastic, a great bunch of guys and a massive laugh everywhere we went. I think Joe caught the worst of the laughter with some stupendous questions at a couple of disbelieving Norwegian women! One of the funniest moments ever!
A massive thanks also to Ole, he always shares his locations with us and is bar far the greatest photographer of the northern lights I have ever seen or heard of, this stream really should be checked out... www.flickr.com/photos/salomonsen/
Also a massive thanks to Arild and Hakon, we had a blast down in Lofoten with you guys. Arild, I will never forget the look on your face when you saw waves!!!! :-) I'm sorry about your polariser mate, I'll send you a new one to make up for it!
I'm now watching this potential eruption unfolding in Iceland hoping for some volcanic activity when I'm there in a few weeks time! That would be awesome!
Thanks for all the comments and flickrmails over the last week or so, every one is greatly appreciated! The whole thing is still massively overwhelming!