Aurora Borealis, Lofoten – February 2013
I’m back from northern Norway and Lofoten where I was leading a photo tour the last week. Together with a small group I had a wonderful week with all kind of weather conditions. On top of that we had one night with a completely clear sky and a magical northern lights display. It was one of the best I have ever seen.
Photographing the northern lights is very challenging. Composing in the dark is hard and you better have scouted the location before so that you know what framing you are after. Even then it takes some time; making a test exposure, adjust, make another test exposure, re-adjust. When you are finished you have to focus as well. In this scene it was pretty simple as the focus distance is somewhere close to infinity. I used live-view and focused on the small group of houses to the left (barely visible in the small web version) and pulled it back ever so slightly to get optimum sharpness on the mountains closest to the camera.
All this was done during a few exciting minutes while I was also helping the participants to get their cameras ready. The aurora then faded away to a barely visible. We waited for another hour or so before we headed back to the guesthouse, but nothing happened. The elusive aurora borealis…
A new photo tour to Lofoten will be announced soon. Send me an e-mail if you are interested to join me and want to make a pre-booking.