Creative vacatons

Creative vacatons

Monday, 28 January 2013

Hanging Out with the Wild Bunch from 37 Frames

A group of photographers from Japan or shall I say somewhere in that corner of the world came up to Tromsø to pay us a visit and to go Aurora chasing with us. We spent three nights and an afternoon together. Tracey Taylor and Dee Green are two very talented Australian photographers who live in Tokyo, Japan, and run 37 Frames. They put together a group of photographers and came exploring the north. I have to admit that I have rarely been with such a positive group of people. They are writing a series of no less than 3 blog posts from the trip. Read the first one here.

In the blog they mention a five seconds long time lapse that they did the second day. I made a short little answer to that one. Check it out:

On the third day it was cloudy, cloudy and then some more. We drove and drove, and ended up by the Finnish border. Normally people who don't get to see anything because of clouds just sit in the car. Not this gang. First of course we had to prove we were on the border to Finland.

Then Tracey and Dee started doing their thing. Which is photography!

They used two light sources and made some really cool shots. Some of them are here and here and even here.

Then a little chimping:

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Rocking Aurora Tonight

Down town Tromsø there's a classical music festival going on, but out on Kvaløya in Ersfjordbotn we found Aurora. She was rockin baby! She put on a show like never before. Check out the timelapse video!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

"Aurora Luna" New Time Lapse Video

Aurora Luna is my new time lapse video. It contains images from some of my favorite places to take pictures. Right here in my back yard. The Aurora shots are taken in moon light, hence the name. I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

She's back, I'm back, we're all back

Finally the sun is back! We have all been missing her. We cannot see her down below, but she shines on the mountain tops for a little while at noon. After a long time without sun it is fantastic to see her again.

Last Friday I finally took the cast off my foot so that I can start walking, driving and taking photos again.
Every day I feel that the foot is stronger. On Sunday I was taking photos and enjoying it fully for the first time since I broke my leg.

Sunday the 13th was a cloudy day. According to the forecast it was cloudy everywhere. We had cancellations because of the weather. So I asked the group if they wanted to try, or if they wanted to cancel. Luckily most of the group wanted to give it a try. So when we headed out we didn't have high hopes.

After trying different places we ended high up in a valley. There we found a sky free of clouds and Aurora!

Finally to prove that we had been there we took the group photo.

It's always hard to take the group photo because everyone is just too occupied with their own photos and doesn't have time to sit down for ten seconds so that I can take it. Still this group made time for it and for that I'm grateful.

It was a struggle to find a clear sky, but we were rewarded by the best show so far this year.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Smaller Cameras Also for Northern Light Photography

The best cameras for Northern Light photography are full frame DSLRs with a fast fixed wide angle lens. The next best thing is a DSLR with a cropped sensor. Now there is a new breed of cameras that is excellent for the travelling photographer. They are called "mirrorless cameras" and I see more and more people using them, and with good results. Check out this blogpost from the excellent photographer and blogger Chase Jarvis. He had Sohail Mamdani write a review of the most popular mirrorless cameras:

DSLR Killers — Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Best Mirrorless of Them All?