Auroras
Taken by M-P Markkanen on January 6, 2017 @ Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
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  Camera Used: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D600
Exposure Time: 5/1
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 3200
Date Taken: 2017:01:06 15:21:13
 
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Its been interesting going out photographing auroras on the last two nights with temperatures dropping below -30C here in Lapland. Ive been more or less fine since I have good winter clothing, but my Nikon D600 has barely been able to handle it (last night I got a card error several times), but surprisingly one full battery lasted on both nights some 4h sessions without even taking out of the camera to warm up!

Yesterday night I was heading home already around midnight after spending more than 2 hours on a remote bog here in Rovaniemi shooting some pretty decent auroras. But all of a sudden, on the way home, just after local midnight, I noticed from my rear mirror that the sky had just exploded into incredibly fast moving curtains of green, pink and white. I had to stop the car on the side of the road, and soon I got to witness the most incredible aurora show Ive ever seen! It evolved into fast pulsing and flashing coronas that lasted for an hour or so. Best way I could describe it is that it looked like the whole sky was a big ember on a camp fire! Warmed me up a bit although I felt quite cold by then. It was just mind blowing and I was just hoping that somebody would be recording it with a decent video equipment!

Some photo info:
Gear: Nikon D600 & Samyang 14mm f/2,8
Benro A2980T-tripod & B1-ballhead
All photos taken with daylight white balance and ISO 3200

1#
6.1.2017 01:26(UTC+2)
The last photo I took of the crazy flashing/pulsing coronas.
f/3,2
5 sec

2#
5.1.2017 22:35(UTC+2)
Before the show really got going and the half moon was just setting, creating beautiful shadows.
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25 sec

3#
6.1.2017 00:34(UTC+2)
Just before the sky exploded
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8 sec

4#
6.1.2017 00:48(UTC+2)
The fast moving curtains of pink, green and white before the pulsing coronas appeared
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2 sec
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Brilliant images. Thanks for all the info on capturing these images.
Hope to get some good images this February when I am in Northern Iceland.
Posted by R0ck#8M3n 2017-01-06 11:04:30
Absolutely breathtaking!!!
Thanks for enduring the bitter cold and for sharing your fab photos!!!
Posted by Yooper007 2017-01-12 11:38:08
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