Aurora & Moonlight

Last night, an aurora “storm” was expected, and the sky was clear. We decided to dress warm, pack a thermos with hot chocolate (essential!) and find a dark place to watch the show. Apparently the expected “storm” never arrived, but the aurora was out anyway. It was a beautiful night, with a crescent moon low on the horizon. The lights were moving slowly, but every now and then they showed a bit more activity and brightness.

There was very little wind but we were still glad with the shelter of the cabin/shed. It was more like a bus shelter without a real roof and no front wall, but that made it perfect for watching the show! We stayed for about an hour, by then our cold toes were telling us to go home ;)

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7 Responses to “Aurora & Moonlight”

  1. Absolutely stunning! What lens did you use? I wish we had open water here. I love all the reflections. :)

  2. Hanneke says:

    Thanks Susan!

    The lens I used is a Tokina 12-24mm that I bought last summer – I love it :) The guy in the shop convinced me to buy it, I was considering much more expensive (and heavy) Canon lenses and had never even looked into Tokina. This lens won't work on a full frame camera though, so if I ever upgrade I'll have to find a new one.

  3. I've been shooting with a Sigma 20mm f/1.8 which I like because of the aperture, but I really want something wider. As for Canon lenses… while I do love Canon lenses, sometimes you just have to look for something less expensive. That's why I went with the Sigma for my aurora photography. I do like the idea of a 12-24 though! With the 20mm, I still miss out on a lot of sky, in my opinion.

  4. Ben says:

    Those. Photos. Are. Amazing! O_o I'm so jealous of all of you living in the far north. :-)

    On the subject of wide-angle lenses, I've been looking at the Tonika 11-16mm. Have you had any experience with it?

  5. Ben says:

    *Tokina, sorry

  6. Hanneke says:

    Thanks Ben!

    I've never used the Tokina 11-16mm but that sounds like a cool lens! That's really wide, I'd love to try that.

    I stopped using Sigma as I think their quality control isn't very strict – I've had to use the warranty on all the ones I owned. That's just annoying, especially when you live this remote and can't just visit their repair centre like I did in the Netherlands.