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Lightshow | by Ole C. Salomonsen
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Canon 5D Mark II + Canon EF 16-35 Mark II @ f/2.8, ISO2500, 7sec.


If you came across this photo on another site than flickr, I would be happy to know where :) Thx


I shot this on the late evenig of sept.16th 2010, nearby Skittenelv in the Tromsø area, in northern NORWAY.


Me and my Friend Frank and Knut was out chasing the aurora, after a 30min drive outside of Tromsø we pulled the car over when we found our location. Then all of a sudden all electricity in the area blacked out, it was strange, it was mysterious, it was like we could feel something was about to happen.


I had just taken of my 24mm Mark II f/1.4, and it was hard to decide weather to put my favourite lens back on, or go for the 16mm to be able to capture more. In this case I am glad I went for the 16mm.


After 45min of waiting it suddenly happened. It was like all of heaven opened and poured electric plasma light all over us! We were mesmerised, it was magic, it was almost undescribable. You get religious when you get to experience something like this. The lights were everywhere, it was difficult to decide where to shoot, we were shouting and screaming at each other in excitment, we were laughing, it was sick!!!


I did shoot lots of shots this evenig, will post more later. In this one I manged to capture not only a spectacular lightshow, fast moving sparkling auroa boralis in both its usual bright green, but also some red/violet red color, which is less visible to the human eye than camera optics. I also managed to capture the beginning of a corona/aurora core at the left top, and 3 sattellites, 1 airplane and 1 friend (Frank) shooting the light as well.


When watching Frank sitting down to the left, you can imagine how big this one was!


BTW! While you are here, I recommend you to take a look at my 4min video of the Northern Lights! Spent 6months, 50,000 stills shot. Video contains some of the most amazing auroral outbreaks I have ever seen:

Feel free to share it or twitter it.


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Taken on September 17, 2010