Shooting Stars

Shooting star across the Milkyway - Bergen, Norway

Last night, while I was taking the dog out before bed, a big, bright shooting star flew across the sky.

Since I live in the city, with street lights all around, it's really rare that the shooting stars are bright enough to be seen. And this one made me really wish I had had my camera at the ready.

But even if I didn't get a picture of it, it did remind me of how I first got into northern light photography. It was quite by accident, as I didn't realize the aurora could be visible where I live. I always assumed I'd have to go up north to see them.

On a cold and clear December night almost 2 years ago, a friend and I decided to try getting some pictures of the The Geminids, an annual meteor shower that peaks around December 14th.

We had found a spot with a nice view to the south, but were a bit surprised to find other photographers there as well.

While not thinking too much of it, we pointed our cameras towards the southern sky, where the meteors were supposed to be visible. After a while did I turn around and look to the north, only to see this strange green "fog". And all the other photographers were busy taking pictures of said "fog".

That's when it hit me, that oh my, that green stuff that's dancing across the sky, that's the northern lights! I knew nothing about camera settings for getting decent aurora shots back then, so all my photos from that night were trash. 20 seconds exposure is normally NOT a good thing when trying to get nice pictures of the northern lights.

But I've learned a lot since that first accidental meeting with northern lights photography, and I'm still learning every single time I get to take pictures of this beautiful natural phenomena. 

And through this blog, I hope to share some of my photos, as well as what I've learned, both about northern light photography and night photography in general. If you'd like to see more of my pictures, remember to check out my Instagram account.