December 2012 two friends of mine came to visit me here in Norway. But in December it is cold and dark. I should show them a beauty of nature that is not possible to see everywhere, but it is possible in Norway. So we traveled to the north, Tromsø, a city in Earth's polar region, to watch northern lights, also called Aurora.
First thing you need is that the sun has enough activity to make northern lights happen. Next, a clear sky is demanded and it highly depends on your luck. Our trip was only for two nights, and believe it or not, we have been so lucky that we watched fantastic Aurora show both nights. There was a man in our hotel waiting to see northern lights for two weeks. It was such a joy and strong feeling of natures' beauty and it's magics. Watching the northern lights is a wonderful unique experience.
Photographing northern lights is not that easy. Recommended gears are those with low noise profile, like a full frame camera/DSLR, with a wide/ultra-wide angle lens (objective) that has a large aperture opening or small f-number (e.g. f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.8). I had none of these that time. My gear was a Nikon D80 with a 35mm f/1.8G lens (f-stop is fine but it is not wide angle, on D80, 35mm is equivalent to 52.5mm on a full frame camera, i.e., x1.5). Nevertheless trying it was worth. Every moment of this happening is so unique that should be captured.
Here I share some of the photos I took and developed. I will hopefully post more of these photos later.
I hope you enjoy these photos. Your comments are very welcome!
Have a good time!