Polar night is over, almost. Sun barely stays above the horizon. But these precious few hours bring the variety of colours in the sky. Absolutely amazing!
Few days back we had really good luck with the weather. Small open area in the horizon, where sun can shine and rest of the sky was filled with bumpy cloud layer.
This created the most red ever sky!
On the opposite side of the sun red stripe shined on the mountains. But too bad I was half an hour too late. But luckily the red stripe keeps on rising on the sky.
I also had the chance to do some light painting with steel wool. It's much easier with more light! Usually camera settings with steel wool is around
f/22, 60sec exposure and ISO 100 With this there's no chance to get anything from the night sky.
The only way to get both was to increase the exposure time and decrease the spinning time of the wool. So I used:
f/3,5 120 sec exposure and ISO 1600 I spinned the wool quite gently and only for 10 seconds. That way it didn't effect the 120 sec exposure too long and it stayed in good balance
What a night, what a night! I missed the early evening show due to parental duties. But went out around 23:00. Weather started getting cloudy so I didn't head off to mountains as planned, but stayed next Muonioriver.
Good choice :D
After one hour of playful auroras the show kicked off! Auroras got so bright, only few seconds was enough for a good exposure. Half streaming river reflected the hazy green colour very nicely and my friend Joonas and my dog Pihka agreed for modeling. Good photos! Getting cold, back inside. Getting tired at 02:00 and started heading home.
Then the show really kicked off! Wireless connections and telephone networks actually blacked out in Muonio! I drove to nearest dark road to Swedish side and I just didn't know where to point the camera. Northern lights were blazing all around me! After 45mins and bloody cold fingers my battery died and then I had to go home...
What a night...
Yesterday night a small impact hit earth's atmosphere around 21:00 local time. I went to Pallas-Ylläs national park to reach the mountain area. We had some strong winds and plus temperatures so all the trees are black.
It was a good show for 20 mins and then it subsided. But good photos (hopefully :) come also without big auroras. This time I had friend to pose in the photos and the difference it makes! My opinion is that if you want to have interesting aurora photos, put something or somebody in the foreground, it makes a huge difference! Have a look at the images and judge yourself.
November is said to be the cloudiest month in Finland, well finally after many missed storms clear sky and northern lights met each other. My wife was in Zumba-exercise and me and my 2-year old boy were at home when the lights came. All I can say thanks Homer Simpson for letting me go outside for 5 minutes to say hi to my green friend :D
Luckily the show went on and nine a clock I was running in deep snow and opening my tripod at the same time in Lake Utkujärvi. The show was... it was just amazing!
Look at the images and youll see what I mean
15.2 Auroras came quite early! Already at 18:00. Colours that time are really nice! Last orange from sunset and bluish sky with some visible stars.
Look at the photos and you know what i mean!