moon

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Our trip to Norway to shoot the Northern Lights was quickly on its way to turn into a big, expensive disaster. We had one more chance, one more night.
And it was a clear night. A beautiful night. A cold night. So nothing could go wrong, right?
Or so we thought…

We arrived at our destination, Ersfjordbotn, well in time. Just before sunset. We set up, and I shot some pictures of the setting sun.

Ersfjordbotn, Norway

D700, ISO200, 6 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Ersfjordbotn, Norway

D700, ISO200, 10 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm

 

Ersfjordbotn, Norway

D700, ISO200, 30 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 70-200mm

And then the waiting started… In the end you of course never know. 80% is a good chance, but there’s still 20% chance to nothing. Slowly, with frustration, cold and a tickling bladder (not yet tRickling) creeping up on us it looked like we hit the jackpot with 20% of zilch. The arm and leg we paid for the trip to this country where everything seems to costs nothing short of fluid gold, was going to fly by with nothing to show for. At least not that what we set out for…

We shot a few pictures in the hours that passed (and hours they were, and stubborn WE were).

Ersfjordbotn, Norway

D700, ISO200, 1/6 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 14-24mm

Ersfjordbotn, Norway

D700, ISO800, 6 sec @ f/2,8, Nikkor 14-24mm

We got company from a few other photographers and it didn’t help our mood when one of them told us that the previous night had been spectacular over Tromsø. We had been sitting out in the cold for about seven hours waiting for the Lights to come, because it was supposed to have been overcast over Tromsø and clear where we are, and we went home empty-handed only to find out that we should’ve best stayed in Tromsø and we would’ve had a great show. But no…

In the end it doesn’t matter how stubborn you are, how eager you are, how patient you are… After sitting in the cold for another six or so hours we accepted our losses and packed up our gear and headed back home. Our newly acquired photographer-friend hitched a ride with us back towards town. And I’ll be damned… we were just over the hills when he shouts “Look there! It’s starting! Pull over!”
Sure as I’m sitting here writing this… the sky turned all green on us and it was dancing like there was no tomorrow.

Sure, you see it on pictures. And it’s beautiful on pictures. But when you see it for real, when you see it with your own eyes… It’s nothing short of breath-taking. Here’s a piece of nature phenomena which struck me silent on the spot. The first five-ten minutes we just stood there gaping at with mouths open. If it would’ve lasted for only that time, we still wouldn’t have had any pictures of it. But we at least saw it in its full beauty. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures. And I have pictures coming up. But I couldn’t possibly explain how it is to look at this in real life.

The only thing… Pictures are brighter. It doesn’t happen often that the pictures are more beautiful in terms of color, saturation and vibrance (unless of course you bump the sliders in post-processing), but the actual Northern Lights aren’t all that bright. They are very clear, and very visible, that’s not it, but the colors in the pictures, even in the unedited raw files, are so much deeper and saturated than what I saw with my own eyes…
Not that it takes away any of the awe that it gave me…

I’m planning another trip. I realize we pushed it in terms of time left before the climate changed too much for the chances to see the Northern Lights. Next year it’ll be early/mid February instead of end March.

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights

D700, ISO400, 6 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights

D700, ISO800, 4 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights

D700, ISO800, 4 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights

D700, ISO800, 6 sec @ f/2,8, Nikkor 14-24mm

(So yeah, the last one’s photoshopped, but that was because I was so frustrated and I so badly wanted to have a picture with the Northern Lights coming into that point where the mountains meet… I’ll get a real one of those next year 😉 )

 

Late nights can be just aswell.

A few days until full moon

D700, ISO200, 1/4 sec @ f/8, Sigma 170-500mm, 1.4x teleconverter

I took it out of the box again. And shot some pictures with it. And realized why it’s been sitting in the box -untouched- for about four years now. It’s just a piece of crap, sorry to say. After shooting with the higher-end lenses, the (over a decade old, gotta give it that, at least) Sigma 170-500mm isn’t up to the job anymore. I might’ve got away with it when I was using it on film last century, but it’s just not good enough anymore.
And it took me already quite some fixing to get it like this. But… no matter how good you are with Photoshop and/or Lightroom, you can’t make a good picture out of a crap picture.

Nonetheless: you are mooned 😀

Moon

D700, ISO3200, 1/500 sec @ f/16, Sigma 170-500mm + 1.4x teleconverter

Sorry, couldn’t help myself 😀

Yesterday morning I had some business downtown and along the way I noticed a massive full moon hanging way above the tree line. It was really pretty. The moon set on the side where the rising sun cast its beams, so it was a double prize 🙂
I was kind of in a hurry, and I didn’t have the time to stop at that time (which annoyed me already), and I knew that moon wasn’t going to stick until the time suited me better to make a picture. And ofcourse… When I returned about 20 minutes later, the size had shrunk significantly.

D200, ISO100, 1/4 sec @ f/32, Tamron 28-75mm

D200, ISO100, 1/4 sec @ f/32, Tamron 28-75mm

But really… The big moon looked so much better… Thank ….. (God, Jahweh, Buddah, Allah, etc. which ever you feel is appropriate) I have Photoshop, so I can at least make it look like the way I really saw it 😉

Me and my friend Photoshop

Me and my friend Photoshop

But then I started wondering… The moon looks quite… well… normal there… how about…

A few more minutes in Photoshop

A few more minutes in Photoshop

or

To the other side...

To the other side...

Not bad, eh? But then… Well, while I’m at it…

Really! It's what I saw!

Really! It's what I saw!

Myeah… erm… so… Well… Never mind… Sometimes I get a bit carried away…
Anyway… I had a great morning 😀