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Solar Storm

One more image from the incredible display of aurora we were fortunate to witness in Sweden a couple of weeks ago.

 

I think these forests are my favourite part of Arctic Scandinavia in winter, absolutely incredible to photograph.

 

I wanted to make some time lapse movies here but it was so cold that during a lens change the mirror froze down on my 1dsmkiii. I couldn't move it and I knew that if I got myself and my camera back into the warm car it would thaw out, but that would cause a bigger problem. As the sensor warms it will condensate with the warm air. When one gets the camera out into -35 again you run the risk of loosing the sensor altogether as it freezes up within seconds. Pretty tough going and unforgiving when it gets this cold! All part of the fun and experience though!

 

The aurora here is the only thing lighting the snow covered landscape, when the aurora dies away it gets very dark indeed and makes balancing the exposures more difficult.

 

Canon 5dmkii Nikon 14-24 @ 14mm 2.5 seconds @ f2.8 iso 3200

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Taken on January 24, 2012