Above the city lights

Usually I shy away from city lights as they interrupt the pure feeling of a nature photo. When it’s not possible to avoid them, it’s best to make them a part of the photo. This photo towards the city lights of Oulu is such an example. Of course there are lot of opinions on photos like this. What is yours?

Have a great day (and night)

 

Aurora over Oulu

 

Change of seasons

The wonderful time when daylight does not completely fade away and leaves the twilight low on the horizon throughout the night. It’s a short time of a few weeks. The other night I was out with a friend and we saw the moon rise, lighting up the haze on the lake. Between that and the last bit of sunset, the aurora danced her welcome back dance. Everyone was happy.
Looking at the photo, do you recognize some shape or anything in it?

Aurora with twilight and moonrise

The accidental selfie

Need I say more🙂 Recovering from a fever, tonight I only had a short look outside.. or so I thought. I saw that green arc working its way up in the sky. After a while this huge huge corona started to unfold, needles all over the sky. I ran back inside to capture it. Without tripod I had no chance to be behind the camera this time..

I hope you are all fine, it’s good to be back on the blog again!

Accidental aurora selfie

NLCs & Qstock; the dark nights are not far away

As July came to an end, my mind went towards winter. The nights start now to get a bit darker which will make it possible to see noctilucent clouds and by the end of August, Lady Aurora returns from her summer vacation.

The music festival Qstock held place in Oulu – two days with multiple stages. I was out with my camera to look for the noctilucent clouds. It was a calm night with great reflections on the water. Suddenly I heard big bangs and turned around to see those fireworks of Qstock. Being in a really bad spot for nice photos, I ran towards a nearby bridge. As you can see in the photos, it’s still not dark at 1am.

Noctilucent clouds

Qstock fireworks in Oulu

Qstock fireworks in Oulu

Aurora tour – choices

Chasing auroras regularly will force you to make decisions which can be either fatal or fantastic. Often it is not sure when the show starts, how long it lasts and if you can make it to a good spot in time.

Last season I did a tour for a small group. When we met in the evening, the data looked promising and we started driving. Once we reached darker roads without lamps, Lady Aurora put on an incredible show. Our photo location was still 20 minutes away and I was weighing the choices. Either drive on and perhaps miss the best part of the night, leaving us possible with ‘only’ a starry night. Or stopping at a bus stop to enjoy the show for a while, take some photos and continue driving. This time I chose to pull over. Northern lights came in strong waves, creating all sorts of shapes.

Emergency stop

Arriving at our first destination, a lake, the aurora was fading away. For a short while. And then it started all over again. Leaving us all in awe. Here is one panorama, you can click to view large:

Aurora panorama

Little did I know in the beginning of the night, the choice to stop or not couldn’t have been wrong. Auroras danced for many hours in a cloud-free night.

Swiss Milky Way (summer triangle)

The night sky is fascinating in so many ways. During my stay in the Swiss Alps, the sky was full of stars and the Milky Way much stronger than in Finland. In the first nights I stood outside and gazed at the stars. So much to take in, overwhelming.

But then it was time to take my gear and finally, finally get some night photos there. After all, this was the first time to be there since I started to take photography more serious.

For this photo I went to Rossiniere in the canton of Vaud, at the shores of Lac du Vernex. A day earlier I scouted out several places and ended up here for the better part of the night.

Notice the bright star above the Milky Way? That is Vega, the second brightest star of the Northern celestical hemisphere. Looking downwards through just at the edge of the Milky Way sits another star. That is Altair, ranking at number twelve. Ready for one more? Now let’s follow the Milky Way up to West and there is Deneb right in the Milky Way.

Connect the three and we will have the so-called summer triangle.

Do you like to look at the stars? Or is it too bright where you live? I’d be curious to know🙂

Night sky of the Vaud Alps in Switzerland

The summer triangle