Northern Lights over Trondheim, Norway

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    Trondheim, Norway | 05-04-2010, 20:48:47UTC

    Northern lights are light emissions from atomic and molecular Oxygen and Nitrogen in the atmosphere that are being ionized by solar wind particles.

    This is a re-edit from a shot I took earlier this year. Those sort of things are hard to edit, because they have to be shot at high ISO (which makes it hard to work with and preserve all the fine tones and color nuances) and because I feel like one should really try to nail the colors as they appear "on location".

    Comments of all sorts are - as always - highly appreciated!

    Gear info
    - 5D II @ 2s, ISO1600
    - 24mm ƒ/1.4L II @ ƒ/2.0
    - 2 stop ND grad filter to darken city lights

    Processing
    - Lightroom 3
    - GIMP
    more info

    MatsTorbergsen, generalstussner, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. David Guidas 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot of a brilliant display.

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    3. @ires 54 months ago | reply

      amazing sight!

      As seen in:
      Your KARMA Group

    4. mixalifoto 54 months ago | reply

      Very very good shot and very good exposure.
      Working with ISO 1600 seems to be not so easy...

    5. Severin Sadjina 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your comments!

      No, I find it really hard to edit shots of Northern lights! :P

    6. rdphoto.de [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      Super super super :)

    7. dotpitch 54 months ago | reply

      killer, very cool man!

    8. Rilko 54 months ago | reply

      To put it very simply: Wow! :)

    9. Rick Bolin 54 months ago | reply

      Wow, beautiful shot. Quite an achievement to get both the aura and stars in such good exposure. I'm wondering if anything could have been done to bring down the exposure of the lights of the town (a graduated neutral density filter maybe?). If you could have done that, it would be perfect.

    10. Severin Sadjina 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks!
      And that is actually exactly what I did: I used a 2 stop ND grad filter to darken the lower part of the image, i.e. the city lights. I could have darkened them even more in post but I actually like it like this :)

    11. rafael g 54 months ago | reply

      great shot!

    12. Sebastian | HazYLeaF 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful.... all I can say about it...

    13. wasserberg 54 months ago | reply

      This is really beautiful!

    14. Doug Clegg 54 months ago | reply

      Oh my... what a gorgeous shot. You are so lucky to see them. We occasional get a faint red glow but nothing this spectacular. Excellent.

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