Having seen the Northern Lights appear over Tromsø town, I was more eager to see them properly than ever. We drove towards the Swedish border, into woodland and away from light pollution. On the way to our intended destination we saw a green tinge appear in the sky, a band which seemed to stretch from horizon to horizon, so we pulled over.
Before our eyes the faint green tinge grew in intensity until a neon green band speckled with stars crossed the sky. It slowly began to widen, dancing and flickering slightly as it changed shape. It is to this day one of my most treasured memories, since I was a child I had longed to see the Aurora and until seeing it in-front of me had wondered what it would be like, are they that vivid in real life? Do they really dance? They were more amazing than I could have even imagined, or than any photo could do justice.
They never seemed to stay still, transforming shape slowly. We watched them for an hour, crouched down in the snow in a lay-by on the side of a Norwegian road.
They faded as quickly as they had shown up, so we continued our drive into the woods. The temperature dropped here considerably, but excited to see the Aurora appear again, I lay in the snow and took photos. The lights danced in the sky, framed by two trees. I was too busy concentrating on trying to take photos to realise how cold I had got and when we eventually traveled home, it took hours to warm up again, it felt as if my bones had brain freeze.
I love these photos so much, they’re out of focus as I took them using a kit lens and without fully knowing how to photograph them -I hope to see them again in the not-so-distant future and do them more justice- but they remind me of such an incredible night and experience. I’ve boosted the contrast and attempted to reduce the noise but otherwise they’re not heavily edited, they really were that vivid.