Another night

After last night, the expectations were high this night. Or well … it can’t possibly as good as the previous night, can it? The predictions looked good though, both solar activity and the clouds seemed to be good. So after dinner, we already started packing and putting on some warmer clothes, so we were ready to go when needed. This happened shortly after eight. The first lines of green were visible on the webcam and outside of our house.

So time to head out. We picked the same spot close to the river again as we had a great overview in all directions there and different possibilities for the foreground. As expected, it wasn’t as good as the previous night, but it did come quite close. Again, the sky turned green and red from one horizon to another and we could see the lights and the movement again with the naked eye.

So again time to grab our cameras, or just to lay down on our backs to enjoy the spectacle above. Apart from taking ‘normal’ pictures, I also had a camera set up for timelapses. As the lights were all around us, I decided to use my fish-eye lens for this, so I could capture all of it. This turned out to be a great idea when the show unfolded. Unfortunately, something had gone wrong and my camera stopped taking pictures after 100 images. Nice, but a bit short for a timelapse. More on the timelapse in a later blog.

an image from the timelapse, made with a fish-eye lens.

After a bit over half an hour, the lights died down a bit and after waiting for another 30 minutes without an increase in the activity, we decided to head back inside. Later that night, the lights did return, but by far not as spectacular as the previous times. We had another look outside, but hardly took any pictures anymore. We were getting spoiled, I guess.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • Sorry to read about the time lapse. At least we got one single shot and it is worthwhile. Yes, maybe you got spoiled but at least, that made the trip pay off. Thanks again for all these wonderful shots that are only a fraction of the whole specatble.


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