Photo: Northern Lights over Olstind, Moskenesøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Feb 6, 2012, 19:25
Northern Lights over Olstind: Olstind, as it rises from the waters of the Kjerkfjord is perhaps the most Iconic mountain on Lofoten. A near perfect pyramid when view from some angles, it just begs to be photographed over and over again; which often I do!
This photo is taken a few hours after last week’s image. With a rare moment of clear skies, I parked my car near Reine, hoping to capture an image such as this. And one of the benefits of sleeping in a car is that I don’t have the temptation of being lulled back to a warm room and a hot meal. I suffer from the cold and eat bread and butter for dinner, but I can also sleep more of less wherever I want, and thus be quickly ready when moments like this occur.
I don’t quite like the reflected lights from the distant village of Kierkefjord. I could have located myself a bit more to the right, but this would also have concealed the brightest part of the Aurora, so a bit of a compromise had to be found. For me this image is just a start of an idea, and something I hope to approve upon over the years.
Another element to this image is that it was captured a few days before the full moon, hence the landscape is well lit. I often read the somewhat misinformed advice that the Northern Lights are best captured when there is no moon. Not true in my opinion. And with a snow covered landscape, I think moonlight is an essential part of night photography; to photograph a Northern Lights landscape, not just the lights themselves somewhere in the sky with a dark silhouette in the foreground.
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8