After the early sunset

Today, the weather was a real treat. -10C and clear skies, wonderful pastel colors. Two days ago we got about 20cm fresh snow and it all looked like a winter wonderland. I was shooting at the rapids of Koitelinkoski. After the sun set about 2.30pm the afterglow came in and hit the trees for a long while. Beautiful contrast of warm and cold colors.

After sunset at Koitelinkoski

 

The spiral

Auroras come in many shapes and several colors. In the night I took this photo, there was not too much activity at first. Then patches of green started to appear a certain distance from each other, the voids in between were filled more and more until a long band crossed the sky. Near the end of it’s dance, I saw a small spiral evolving. After the moment in the photo it grew a bit in size before it lost all its structure and became a green blob.

An aurora spiral

Thanking the Lady Aurora

Two nights ago, the skies where clear after a – what seemed – endless cloud season. At first there was little activity but then the details, color and strength were slowly building up. Usually I’m not in photos, but at this special occasion I made an exception πŸ™‚

Northern lights in winter

Halo shadows

Moon halos are a wonderful phenomenom during those cold winter nights, especially when the ground is covered with lots and lots of snow. Trees and other plants will casts strong, clear-shaped shadows as you see here.
In January 2018 you’ll have the chance to join my photo tour in Lapland, where I’ll instruct all about landscape and night photography in magical places πŸ™‚

Moon halo and shadows

14 minutes at night

Another long exposure experiment, really love doing those. For this photo the camera ‘looked’ at the scene for about fourteen minutes. Going into about five minutes of this exposure, there was some aurora activity – mostly out of the frame. When I finished this photo, the aurora was basically gone, but I caught a piece of it πŸ™‚

Night at Koitelinkoski