Jun 18, 2017

The Stars, Darkness and I



Darkness pulling, dragging, holding me down
Everywhere I turn, it wants to engulf me
My soul is screaming, yelling, longing for air
Let me go, I'm losing my way

The light is fading quickly, leaving me behind
I'm scratching, crawling, trying to reach it
Every inch of me is fighting, trying to break free
Yet Darkness captures and lulls me

With loving gestures, caresses and softness
Darkness lures me to stay once again
I see the stars are still shining far in the distance
How I long to be dancing with them

I close my eyes, sleeping, dreaming away
To a place where I'm surrounded by sunlight
A place of safety where the shadows can't chase me
Let me go, I will finally be free
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This is gonna be a bit philosophical and personal, as I came across a poem I wrote years ago. A poem that reminded me why I'm so fascinated with the night sky, the northern lights and the stars.

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Jun 16, 2017

Where Can I See The Aurora

A night where the northern lights were so bright that they could be seen during sunset!

Where can I see the aurora?

Polar lights, aurora borealis, northern lights - this beauty has many names.

And though most people think of the Arctic and northern parts of Europe and Canada when hearing the names, the northern lights also has a southern counterpart, the southern lights or aurora australis.

It is also normal to assume that the further north (or south) you are, the better your chances are of seeing the lights. But this only true to a certain point. 

In fact, there is something called the auroral zone, which is an area typically 3° to 6° wide in latitude and between 10° and 20° from the geomagnetic poles. Making northern parts of Scandinavia, Alaska and Canada some of the best places to see it during the winter months.

May 19, 2017

What Is The Aurora?


Okay, the explanation requires some physics, but I'll try to keep it nice and short.

The aurora, or polar lights, is a natural light, it is not man made, and I don't use some fancy photo app to get this effect. The lights are sometimes so bright that they light up the landscape around you, a bit like a full moon.

My dad told me stories about how he and his friends used to go skiing when he was young, and they would rely on the auroras to light up their path.

Northern Lights - The What, Where and When?

A northern light corona from one of the most spectacular nights I've ever experienced

When I post Instagram pictures of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, I often get questions about this beautiful natural phenomenon . And the three most common comments and questions are along the lines of:

  1. "Wow, that's beautiful, I've never seen anything like it. What is it?"
  2. "Seeing the polar lights is on my bucket list. Where can I go to see them?"
  3. "How can I take photos of the northern lights? I've tried using my smart phone, but they don't come out as nicely as yours."

May 12, 2017

Northern Lights Photography - An Introduction

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, dancing above an old house in Norway.

I keep getting questions on Instagram about night photography, and northern lights photography in particular, so I figured I'd write up some posts to help you get started in this amazing world of photography.

Keep in mind that I am no expert on the subject, I'm just someone who loves the night and the sky, and who tries her best to capture the beauty of the night in long exposure pictures. And I love to learn, so constructive criticism is always welcomed.