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
Date Taken: 2017:01:06 15:21:13
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
The last photo I took of the crazy flashing/pulsing coronas.
Before the show really got going and the half moon was just setting, creating beautiful shadows.
Just before the sky exploded
The fast moving curtains of pink, green and white before the pulsing coronas appeared