Humans sometimes believe they are the “crème de la crème” in all type of art.
But when mother nature enters the scene, we can just feel so small, that’s the real show.
We are far below mother nature …
I guess I was lucky on my first journey there: weather forecast was positive for the evening, I looked a location with an appropriate low foreground.
I arrived there after sunset, I stayed in the car during the last rai showers of the day.
Then, around 11h00, I saw a very faint line north, made a picture, it was green, very faint.
I was afraid: is it so faint?
I hoped for a stronger sight, and preferably in the eastern direction as the best foreground was on that direction.
Few minutes later, BANG!
Seems mother nature was listening, the aurora started exactly where I wished and it was much more better that I would have dreamed of…
Wow wow wow!!!! What an exciting moment and even more an amazing picture that came out. I wonder how this works, I mean you need to have your tripod ready and if not, this is gone, yes? Or does it kind of last and you can get ready? Sorry for asking so stupidly but I always wanted to ask this ... LOL ... I am green with jaleousy :))) You also had a wonderful background too with the mountains and also with the cloud bank above it. You can say you were lucky but it needs more, it needs also a lot of knowlege how to do this. Very well done, Didier. I have friends that now live in Fairbanks/Alaska ... I can come up when ever I want to so I wondered maybe I should try the borealis season one year :)))) But then, frozen fingers, not sure if I can handle - 35 C.
dkeus31 (2015/04/08 11:46:51): Hi Barbara, thanks for the positive comment :)
No stupid questions :)
No need to be that fast, at least that night.
after the first faint aurora, three other bright auroras came.
the first last about 2-3 minutes and I was almost crying as the focus was not spotted on.
that one and the next one last about 5-10 minutes, but it is continuously moving and dancing.
I enjoyed auroras almost during two hours.
-35 !?, that's too cold for me... at Lofoten, thanks to Gulf Stream it is close to zero - but also with a huge chance of clouds.
a last advice: the sun activity is cyclic, having a maximum evey 11 years, with best chances for auroa the years close to maximum. last maximum was in 2013, so it will be fainter next year and even more fainter the year after...
Tu avais raison, le meilleur restait encore à venir, superbe spectacle et belle réalisation technique: l'expo est juste ce qu'il fallait.
En prime pour la composition on a le jeu des lignes perpendiculaires des nuages vis à vis de l'aurore boréale.
Pour titiller un peu le truc, tu aurais pu tenter une seconde expo avec un temps de pose court pour avoir les étoiles 'ponctuelles' puis assembler les 2 photos pour garder le meilleur des 2 expositions.
Tu as déjà bien démarrer ton année 2015.
Wandering Dan (2015/04/12 19:05:29): Contre la beaute de l'aurora, il faut etre modeste!
Dansevy (2015/04/08 13:48:48): Tant qu'à parler des merveilles de la Nature, c'est vrai que tu aurais pu faire un selfie. Mais je sais que ta modestie en aurait souffert :-pdkeus31 (2015/04/08 11:51:15): seconde expo: j'avais peur que tu me dise que j'aurais du aller faire le clown sur les rochers dans le fjord ;)
Image formidable. il ne suffit pas d'être au bon endroit. Il faut aussi avoir la technique et un peu de chance
Le résultat est magique. Le temps de pose long donne une profondeur incroyable avec une grande netteté même au loin.
Ce ciel : superbe
There is only a single word about this: A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!! :-)))))
I have seen this image before on the little screen of my iPhone and I was already struck than. Seeing it now big on my screen at my Mac is a complete different story, but the awestruck impression repeats. Man, that must have been the blast of your life! At least it would have been mine ;-)
Needless to say that I wish this would be mine. At a different site you would get now some green faces, instead of those you will get now a yellow dot!
dkeus31 (2015/04/09 17:40:59): yes, it was :)
I was almost dancing there, not only for keeping me warm...
Amazing picture of an amazing experience.
Often when we see aurora photos we only see the sky. I really appreciate that you included the lake and the mountains. The exposure is excellent and we can even see the green reflected in the water.
Une des plus belles photos de l'aurora borealis que mes yeux ont eu le privilège de voir. Je suis vraiment content pour toi que tu as pu assister à un tel spectacle et je te remercie pour le partager avec nous.
I really appreciate the composition with the smooth lake in the FG, then a village, mountains, and clouds in the BG, topped by the green light of the aurora. The pastel colors are very pleasing. I am sure you were quite pleased when scene presented itself and then doubly please when you saw its perfection in Photoshop. Bravo, Excellent image.
WOW is the WORD!!! I can even see the aurora reflected in the water. You've given me a standard to shoot toqard - I'm going up to Tromso at the winter solstice to see what I can get. Hopefully it's still close enough to the solar maximum to be worh freezing for.