• My buddy Frank Kræmer


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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: vimeo.com/21419634
Feel free to share it or twitter it.

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  1. Pan.101 42 months ago | reply

    beautiful image,excellent work.

  2. The Travelbug Carrier 42 months ago | reply

    That is absolutely amazing..... I just visited Tromso recently and saw some aurora as well. Nothing as spectacular as this!!!!!!!!

  3. Gem E Piper 40 months ago | reply


  4. Dylan.Edwards38. 40 months ago | reply

    Truly Amazing ....Literally a sight to behold .....

  5. k1024 Bill & Sue both work too much!! 39 months ago | reply

    You have some really spectacular photos!!

  6. Seastars world 39 months ago | reply

    this is fantastic!

  7. Vipertruck99 38 months ago | reply

    If I saw this with my own eyes I would have hair standing up on the back of my neck.really beautiful

  8. epickayakfreak 38 months ago | reply

    What a dreamy, fabulous shot. I found this pinned to Pinterest.com. When I see a fabulous shot with no watermark and no mention of the photographer I try to backtrack when I can and alert the original artist. As of this writing you have 174 repins.

  9. ChineseEmma 37 months ago | reply

    So magic... Amazing... Thanks for your share... ^^

  10. Caz 71♥(On & Off) 37 months ago | reply

    Hi, im an Admin for `Howards Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
    This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is an easy place to belong to and participate, yet you have to have exemplary work to be invited here, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will post this picture of yours with pride into the Gallery..…and we look forward to seeing more of your talent in the future......Kind regards..Caz (A)

  11. PalmtreeKatie 37 months ago | reply

    Your tenacity paid off! I love the way you described the experience, as well!!!
    Beyond words...thank you so much

  12. Lori-B. 29 months ago | reply

    I have to add this to my bucket list. The world is amazing.

  13. Jannicke GN 29 months ago | reply

    Hei, postet dette bildet på Tumblr (med full credit og link tilbake, selvfølgelig). Håper det går greit! :) fotofisk.tumblr.com/post/36231036585/celebrating-40-follo...

  14. WildGooseChase! 29 months ago | reply

    Truly mesmerizing! Congratulations on a photo of a life time.

  15. le d u m 15 months ago | reply


  16. demeyerleo 11 months ago | reply

    I have seen these photo in Pinterest. Beautiful. Also the story. Thank you. Ria, natuur.ria@gmail.com

  17. artattackcat ~ Cat Kindsfather 10 days ago | reply

    Spectacular capture! Such a phenomenal gift in nature! On my bucket list to see the lights! Thanks for sharing!

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