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Chilly winter's night



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Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana June 22, 2016
A great shot!
thesecretcodemachine
 
thesecretcodemachine June 22, 2016
What a magical capture. Great!
mattiasgeisler
 
mattiasgeisler June 23, 2016
Grate capture!
dianegrenier PRO+
 
dianegrenier June 23, 2016
amazing
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh June 29, 2016
Sublime shot and sublime details etc wow
WelshMorphs
 
WelshMorphs July 31, 2017
Fantastic, love it!!!
adiestiano
 
adiestiano December 29, 2020
Cool
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a photo taken in Abisko national park, Sweden, on an aurora-hunting holiday
Time
It was 10pm, dark and minus 30 degrees Celsius. The lens kept frosting over. After waiting for an hour in the freezing cold, the aurora finally showed up and lit up the night sky beatifully
Lighting
The moon was out (to the left of screen, out of the image) casting a lovely white glow across the snow. The aurora lit up the sky beautifully, and the fire in the teepee created a warm orange glow.
Equipment
Shot on a Canon 1D with a tripod and cable release. No flash was needed.
Inspiration
I've always been fascinated by the aurora. This was a dream trip to see them in person. We were lucky that it was a good season for solar flare activity.
Editing
In Lightroom I brought down the highlights and opened up the shadows to create a more even lighting effect across the image
In my camera bag
I always take a spare charged battery and a few extra memory cards. Depending on what I expect to see during a trip, I might pack my wide angle lens and telephoto lens to try and capture as much as possible, or I might just bring a standard lens (Canon 15-85mm) as a compromise if I'm packing light (eg for a hiking trip)
Feedback
Be patient. Sometimes when the conditions are tough and people around you are packing up and going home, if you stay around for a bit longer you might just capture that magical fleeting moment when all the elements come together.

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