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Arctic Wonderland to Me by SindreAHN Arctic Wonderland to Me by SindreAHN
Mountain, Stars, Snow, Moonlit Sky and the Northern Lights ! yea, Arctic Wonderland to Me ! :D

Norway, Bodø
The remains of the solar wind that struck our magnetic field between the 25th/26th still gave me some awesome Northern Lights show yesterday evening !

I had no plans about going out, but suddenly there was a lead prediction for a active show in 50 minutes (KP5) ! The weather was forcasted to be cloudy and snowing, but none of that weather had yet happend ! I had a clear sky filled with stars and bright light from the fullmoon !
So i checked my gear, got dressed up and went out again ! ;) Just stepped out of the door i could see a weak long line of lights from east to west :)
I started driving the usual road, and thought that i wanted to go to the northern side of town, the local palces Mjelle and Festvag.
When i got to Løpsmarka where you can see the Landegode Island it was surronded with weak lines, so i parked at the parking spot there where i have shot a lot of pictures before and did some again ! :)
But I told myself about the lead prediction and i wanted to get some better pictures of the landscape at Mjelle ! so I kept on driving !
Second stop was at Mjelle, did some few pictures there from a top. It was new powder snow everywhere, that reached me up above my knees ! :D The only bad thing was that i couldn`t see the hard ice below the snow, so I fell over a couple of times there !
But no problems with my camera gear !
Having bin around Mjelle for allmost a half hour the lights had not kicked in yet :( So i started checking predictions, and it was still ment to be active lights. So i drove to the original planned destination. When I arrived at my third parking spot I walked up on a top beside the road. From there i had a clear view to Valviktinden and Steigtind peak, surronded with a great landscape covered in snow !
The Lights where still just weak lines arround me, 3 or 4 lines. I shot some pictures with different settings to find a good exposure for the snow and if the lights where going to be extreme !

After 15 minutes of waiting there, suddenly to the west of the peak Steigtind a line filled with 5,6 rays with good distance between each of them started to lit up and move quite fast ! I pointed the camera at them and started firing away some pictures !
In no time and from nowhere as usual with this awesome phenomen it lit up the whole place with strong, intense, vibrant and fast moving Northern Lights ! I got pictures of the Valviktinden peak as i wanted, even got some new of Steigtind peak ! This was the prediction it was only 15,20 minutes later then predicted. I was at the right place to the right time with my patient for capturing a new set of good pictures, which i got ! :D
I had my 3 hours of photographing the lights this evening again, the weather was all clear, the fullmoon gave bright light and life to the winterlandscape where the snow reflected some light !
I saw the clouds waiting at the coast. When the auroras got weak again, into this massive "aftershow" the clouds started moving in, so i got my open window of clear weather and a great show, the second time in a week ! :D

Have a nice weekend ! :)
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Yet another beautiful photograph of the magical northern lights. I will not enter its doubtless virtues as much as the faint drawbacks I see, for I hope this will be more of help to the author.

There are some technical issues I would like to point out. First of all, the exposure and contrast are good, both the arctic lights and the trees and snowy mountain are well defined. The ground scenery in the bottom however is not sharp enough, it looks slightly unclear in full view. Together with the subtle noise in the sky and mildly motion-blurred stars, this could be avoided with lower resolution for sake of better quality, combined with a sharpening filter.
Next, the colors. They seem somewhat raw, perhaps I would do a little experimenting in that respect in the digital processing. However, they have a natural look the author may have wished to preserve. The sky, on the other hand, is perfectly fine, the blue gradient is an excellent background for the vibrant lights. I only wish the stars were brighter, but this doesn't only depend on the technique.

The composition is what gives most of the impact of the picture. It owes most of its power to the aurora, yet the mountain top is also very well positioned - slightly to the right side, and low enough to give plenty of space for the spectacular celestial phenomenon above.

This picture may not look as magnificent as some others of the same spirit I have seen, but it positively has its charm and ability to catch the eye. There is a lot of atmosphere given by the completely dominant cold tones, and the subtle sense of a chilly arctic night.
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Nicky8 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
SindreAHN Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
miri-chiwa Featured By Owner May 11, 2013   Digital Artist
stunning! you are very lucky to be there! :love:
SindreAHN Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
RebeccaBrogden Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   Digital Artist
This deviation has been featured here: [link] :)
SindreAHN Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
FaolanGarou Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Oh wow! I wish I could see this in person someday.
SindreAHN Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Go north ;)
FaolanGarou Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I should, but it's so cold! XD
x-HuntersWolves-x Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always loved to see pictures of the Northern Lights.......
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