This image of the northern lights is one of the first night photographs that I was really happy with. I won several awards with it back in the days, and it still is a personal benchmark for me.
It had been a dark night with only a little moonlight to light up the surroundings. And I arrived at the beach way too early- waves were crashing against the rocks on the beach and I was not getting any reflections. I decided to wait a little bit in my car and quickly fell asleep.
Luckily I had set my alarm a million of times throughout the night and eventually one of these alarms managed to wake me up from my sudden coma. I glimpsed out the windows and noticed that the tide had been sinking to the perfect level for reflections. And that everyone else had already left the beach as it was now in the middle of the arctic night.
So it happened that once I arrived back on the beach, the Aurora borealis started dancing faintly in the night sky. After a while, the activity increased and I was gifted with a perfect mirror unfolding in the wet sands.
The elements aligned once more- the night ablaze.
A moment of joy was had!
Lofoten islands, Norway
Aurora borealis, Reflection
ISO4000, f/2.8, 20”
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