New week, new photo..!!
This one is from my last trip to Lapland, Finland over Xmas, 2016.
I was with my family, it was a holiday as well as a photography tour. Ended up being one of the best in both the aspects.
The location we stayed had minimal interference from light pollution, one of the best to witness aurora borealis, I was told. We were nearly 15-20 km away from any form of city. The closest was Saariselka. Even this was a small city and nothing else was really there to interfere with darkness of beautiful night sky. We were in the border of Urho Kekkonen National Park. So, I guess I don’t have go-on and on about light pollution any more 🙂
The time of the year we chose to visit this beautiful land had the least number of hours of day light. In fact, it was so north, sun never rose; just 2-3 hours of twilight. All in all, it was a match made in heaven for my type of photography. Usually, I have 1 to 2 good photos from short tours like this; largely due to the type of photography I do. But it didn’t take long to realize that I’m in for more this time around.
The resort we stayed, Fell Centre Kiilopää, Hotelli Niilanpää, promotes people to enjoy the out-door activities and wilderness. In -15 C there was so much energy, warmth in people. The staff, volunteers as well as guests were amazing I loved the atmosphere. After all, its great to share few days with bunch of people who shares the same passion.
That was bit of background. About the photograph, I was not lucky till the last day. The night before we left, I’ve seen Aurora activity being forecasted. Around midnight, sky was clear so I trekked a mountain for about 1 hour to give me the best chance of seeing Aurora Borealis. This was the 3rd time I did this trek with last two attempts being disappointments. As it was the first time, I was not sure what to expect in the sky. All of a sudden I was stunned with this dazzling cloud with a green hue to it . One of the most fascinating things I have ever seen in my life…!!!
It took few attempts before I nailed down the correct exposure. That’s largely due to the strength of the light but the nature was kind enough to give me few minutes to photograph it’s magnificence. I’m glad I managed to bring this over to you. Hope you will be able to witness this magnificent phenomenon of nature in your own eyes some point.
Enjoy and good luck guys..!!
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