aurora

A very different kind of photography

©Neil Turner February 2014. Low level Aurora activity over a frozen lake, Inari County, Finland

©Neil Turner February 2014. Low level Aurora activity over a frozen lake, Inari County, Finland

Just a week ago I was standing on a frozen lake in northern Finland with my Wife and a dozen other people watching and waiting for the Aurora Borealis to charm us with its dancing and colours. We were in Finland because it was my fiftieth birthday and my Wife had spoiled me with a trip to see if we could see the Northern Lights. Being an obsessive photographer I wanted to shoot some nice pictures of some amazing skies but it was this frame which shows some light pollution and very low levels of activity that I love the most.

This kind of photography is a million miles away from what I do best and this is the first time that I’ve ever seriously tried to photograph a night sky in this way. It was dark (three hours after sunset) and it was cold and it was magical. As you can see from the image below, we went on to shoot some much prettier Auroras but there’s something about this frame that makes me want to go back and try again.

©Neil Turner February 2014. Medium level Aurora activity near Ivalo, Finland

©Neil Turner February 2014. Medium level Aurora activity near Ivalo, Finland

Techie stuff:  Exposures varying from 10 to 30 seconds at between f2.8 and f4 on 2000 ISO. Canon EOS5D MkIII with a 16-35 f2.8L lens on a Manfrotto 055 tripod