It’s my first time to Norway and North of the Arctic Polar Circle and, of course, I had reasonable expectations to see the Northern Lights. Despite an unfavorable weather forecast, the skies have been clear for the past two nights.
Forecasts for aurora activity were similarly dire, but they were unfortunately more accurate. The Northern skies looked completely black to our eyes. Quite disappointing to have come this far and not being offered a ticket to one of the greatest shows on Earth.
Not wanting to waste a perfectly good night sky, away from strong sources of light pollution, we set out to Tungeneset anyway, intending to image its famous mountains on the background of a million stars.
What we got, however, was more than we expected.
Modern digital cameras are incredibly sensitive to light and have no trouble seeing colors our eyes cannot see. Our puny human vision system is not really good at seeing color when the lights are dim. At night, we basically see in black and white. Digital cameras, however, have no such limitation.
When set to take a 25″ exposure at ISO 6400, my camera was able to reveal a faint green glow over the Northern horizon, something that our eyes could not see at all, even after many minutes of getting adjusted to the darkness. Not the most amazing aurora ever, but still better than nothing.
The other unexpected bonus was not one, but two meteor tracks. You should be able to see one clearly even at reduced resolution, but there is a fainter one to its left. You might have to click on the image to enlarge it in order to see it.
Not a bad way to end our second night in Norway. We still have one and half days of shooting here, so let’s hope we can get some more nice images.
Equipment used: Fujifilm X-E2, Samyang 12mm F2 CS NCS lens.
Exposure data: 25″ at f/2.0, ISO 6400.