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Silent auroras



Auroras above a typical Lapland winter scenery. Trees and bushes are covered in snow and create magical forms.

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Auroras above a typical Lapland winter scenery. Trees and bushes are covered in snow and create magical forms.

© Thomas Kast, All Rights Reserved
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onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 21, 2013
gorgeous shot!
thomaskast
thomaskast February 25, 2014
Thank you, onyanita :)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 February 25, 2014
Beautiful! Congrats on being a finalist!
thomaskast
thomaskast February 25, 2014
Thanks a lot, rmr731, I'm happy indeed :)
RavIvar
 
RavIvar February 25, 2014
This is just amazing....great work...
thomaskast
thomaskast February 25, 2014
Glad you like it, RavIvar :)
ArtQ
 
ArtQ February 26, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
supi
 
supi February 27, 2014
superb shot..!!!!!!
pmkane PRO
 
pmkane March 03, 2014
S T U N N I N G . . . a very well earned win!
TammyN
 
TammyN March 03, 2014
Amazing, congrats on your win!
Jeta1websandpix
 
Jeta1websandpix March 03, 2014
Nice shot! Congratulations on a well deserved win :)
UpperClassImages
 
UpperClassImages March 03, 2014
Amazing photo ..!!! was this shot in northwest territories ?
Plume
 
Plume March 03, 2014
Well deserved :)
patrick9x9 PRO
 
patrick9x9 March 03, 2014
Stunning shot, congrats on your win.
marthe
 
marthe March 03, 2014
Congratulations!
K8Photographics PRO+
 
K8Photographics March 03, 2014
Congrats on the win, beautiful capture :) Kate
AlejandraDodge
 
AlejandraDodge March 03, 2014
Nice composition. Great exposure. Beautiful work. Congratulations! well deserved!
meshersmith PRO+
 
meshersmith March 03, 2014
Fantastic!! Congrats!!!
Franwyner PRO+
 
Franwyner March 03, 2014
Awesome! Congrats!
danny_char_3722
 
danny_char_3722 March 03, 2014
Awesome and I am sure it was not easy to take in the cold.... Well done and congratulations!!!!!!
agwinney
 
agwinney March 03, 2014
A Beautiful shot, congrats
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 March 03, 2014
Very nice ,Congratulations !
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac March 03, 2014
Amazing work...Congratulations!
birdlover54
 
birdlover54 March 03, 2014
beautiful capture! Congrats on your win!
Amiqdadi PRO+
 
Amiqdadi March 03, 2014
Congrats, perfect shot ;)
Ladyhawk3
 
Ladyhawk3 March 03, 2014
Congratulations on your winning image, Thomas!
DLFast53 PRO
 
DLFast53 March 03, 2014
Very Cool! Well Deserved!
WileKyK PRO+
 
WileKyK March 03, 2014
This is a well-composed shot with a great use of light! Congratulations on your win!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta March 03, 2014
Wonderful shot. Congratulations on being the Winner.
Mark_hewetson
 
Mark_hewetson March 04, 2014
Nice shot and congrats =)
nadetobostanova
 
nadetobostanova March 04, 2014
awesome!!!congrats!!!!!
Korana
 
Korana March 04, 2014
Congratulations on this well deserved wins
AnnuO
 
AnnuO March 04, 2014
The Northern Lights at their best! Brilliant capture.
YESPEARKAY
 
YESPEARKAY March 04, 2014
Beautiful Shot
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 March 04, 2014
Gorgeous photo! Congratulations!
Behind-the-Fire-Scene PRO
 
Behind-the-Fire-Scene March 04, 2014
Congratulations - Great shot :-)
natashawelch
 
natashawelch March 04, 2014
that is a awesome photo well done on winning
marjonatalielaitakari
 
marjonatalielaitakari March 04, 2014
Onneksi olkoon!
barbhauxwell PRO
 
barbhauxwell March 04, 2014
Congratulations. Awesome Photo.
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 04, 2014
GORGEOUS!!! Congratulations!:)
Xenarulez
 
Xenarulez March 04, 2014
congratulations!!! COOL!!!
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford March 04, 2014
Congratulations! Gorgeous winner!
bsturgis2
 
bsturgis2 March 04, 2014
Beautiful! Shot
debcoimages PRO+
 
debcoimages March 04, 2014
Congrats on your win! Fabulous image!
andreaevans PRO+
 
andreaevans March 04, 2014
Amazing shot. Congratulations.
believeit2receiveit
 
believeit2receiveit March 04, 2014
Congratulations on your win!! Well done!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ March 05, 2014
Congrats!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 05, 2014
Beautiful photo. Congratulations.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 March 05, 2014
Congrats on your win!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions March 06, 2014
congrats
Danilo_Piccioni
 
Danilo_Piccioni March 11, 2014
Congratulations!
brodia65
 
brodia65 March 11, 2014
Congrats!
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer March 12, 2014
congrats...great image
jimmoon_8772 PRO
 
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Congratulations!
DEBBIEDUCHEK PRO+
 
DEBBIEDUCHEK March 16, 2014
Love this! Peaceful and magical! Seems the snow is coming alive .... :)
Beautiful-Breeze PRO+
 
Beautiful-Breeze March 25, 2014
Congratulations on your win. Fantastic photo :-)
emma83
 
emma83 July 27, 2014
Wow!! This is stunning!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins July 31, 2014
incredibly beautiful! congratulations!
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle July 31, 2014
Superb image, I love the stars above and the bright spots in the snow too. Congratulations!
Tazz99
 
Tazz99 January 13, 2015
Outstanding Shot.
roccochiara
 
roccochiara March 16, 2015
magnifico paesaggio fiabesco!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
For this photo I went to Lapland somewhere near Hetta in Finland.
Time
This was taken sometime after midnight if I recall. There was no sound around, total silence, wonderful mood.
Lighting
Bathing in moonlight it is just a magical place as such. Having the wonderful aurora borealis there is the icing on the cake. Moonlight turns the sky bluish, especially during long exposures. To combination of blue, white and green is my favourite as the same can be found in daytime (blue sky, white clouds and green nature).
Equipment
Nikon D700, lens: 14-24mm and a tripod.
Inspiration
I love how the winter turns these trees into 'creatures' and find it very mysterious being out there all alone at night. When you look around longer, you'll recognize some shapes, animals and more.
Editing
The moonlight was so strong, I had to darken the foreground as well as the blue sky. Some color correction, contrast and sharpening was done too.
In my camera bag
Usually I carry my D800 & tripod and have a setup for daytime and nighttime shoots. During day time I bring my 16-35mm wide lens and 70-300mm tele. In the bag are some filters (ND grad, polarizer, etc) to adjust for different light situations. A remote-control, spare batteries and other small things are always with me. For night time I have usually only one lens with me, its the 14-24mm lens. On few occasion I use a 50mm but that's rare.
Feedback
In the darkness of night you will have to work in manual mode because the autofocus will go hunting back and forth. To focus there are a few ways, one of them is to use live-view and find the brightest star. Then turn the manual focus ring until it is sharp. Another way is to use your flashlight pointing at a tree or anything you wanna have in your frame. With the light bright enough you can switch on your autofocus, focus and then immediately switch back to manual focus. Your all set. One more thing, you need to check your histogram. Being out in the dark, your eyes will find those previews often lovely but back in your room the frames might be to dark. On my webpage you can find an aurora borealis guide with a section dedicated to photographing. Lots more advice to be found there.

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