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Night photo session

During the Easter weekend, I visited the island cottage again. I was prepared to stay there overnight or even longer if I could get the cottage warm enough. I walked to the island on ice using snow shoes and pulling a sled behind me (forgot huskies at home!). It took maybe 1.5 hours and it was quite tough job. Nothing was changed since my previous visit. Still a lot of snow everywhere! Inside the cottage was -3°C at first but the stove heated the cabin soon. A nice surprise was, that the smoke went out through the chimney this time!

At some point of the night I decided to go out and check if there were northern lights. The forecast was quite good!

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I had been waiting for maybe half an hour. The sky was clear and the stars were shining. Nothing special at first.

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Then, on the northern sky a pale shimmer of green light appeared...

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it became brighter...

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and soon the sky was on fire!

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Candle light in the cottage and northern lights on the background.

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The shape of sauna and psychedelic colours on the sky.

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It was all over in less than one hour. Next night I was waiting for the northern lights again. This time, it was not so spectacular but playing with my camera I got something.

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Basically, all of these photos are more or less artificial. A human eye can not see what the camera can immortalise. Long exposure time (30-150 seconds) collects light what you can not see.

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This reflection of light comes from the moon.

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The city nearby (30km) reflects light too.

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Some green northern light!

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UFO? Nah, I think it was a plane.

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My nearest neighbour was at home too (3km away), there's a light in the window!

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Well, that's all what my camera collected this time during two nights at my cottage island.

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
laviergedeneige
Apr. 1st, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Wow! That was really impressive!
I wish to see the northern lights some day too.
korpun
Apr. 1st, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
You have better chances if you go up north!
laviergedeneige
Apr. 1st, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
If these northern lights could be a bit more common in summer!
korpun
Apr. 1st, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
They are there but you just can't see them because it's not dark!
laviergedeneige
Apr. 1st, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm, that complicates things a tad...
annelaure
Apr. 1st, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome !!!!
suukko4
Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
so beautiful! I've always wanted to see the northern lights but I hate being cold so I have no chance. I'll just enjoy your photos instead : )
rakastaa_him
Apr. 2nd, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
So beautiful! My favorite one is of the cottage with the lights in the background.

Edited at 2013-04-02 03:07 am (UTC)
lautenist
Apr. 5th, 2013 09:00 am (UTC)
Great photos (as usual)
In the meantime I became a fan of long exposure times :-) (be it artificial or not)
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