As the aurora that had filled the sky 30 minutes before finally began to lose strength and fade, I took towards looking for a different type of composition. I will say it bluntly: I prefer northern lights set against a snow covered landscape. Something about the dry mountains is autumn don’t just feel right to me. But none the less, such an opportunity is not to be wasted.
I headed out to the coast near Myrland, on the east side of Flakstadøy so as to have as unobstructed view as possible across the sea (Nappstraumen) towards the northeast, where the aurora was the strongest on this particular night. But after sometime shooting, I wasn’t totally happy with the night. As I began the journey back to Stamsund, I passed by these stockfish drying racks, sitting empty in the autumn.
The moon was bright and the aurora losing strength so I was somewhat limited in what angles I could shoot. I tried to find some interesting angles and something to help give a sense of ‘place’ to the image. I’m not sure how well it works, but at least it is something slightly different. Had there been a full covering on snow, and no lights in the background, I would probably be quite happy. Maybe I’ll try and repeat the image in February.
Nikon 24mm f/3.5 tilt-shift
3 images – top, middle, bottom