Photographing Aurora - my story.
I guess it all really started for me with the need to learn to photograph the moon, but 7 yrs ago I managed to capture my first Aurora photos.
I remember it so clearly standing up in the car park next to my ruin of a Blackhouse by Callanish 1, it was windy but not too bad. I fumbled with settings (as I still do sometimes) body and mind adjusting to the dark and the cold. I wasn't used to taking photos in the dark. I wasn't sure of the settings, I'd read up on it of course -you can find the settings for almost every camera and lens if you google it - but it all turns disorientating fast in the dark and the cold. I didn't get it right, quite - but I managed images!.
Callanish, Isle of Lewis, 27th February 2014
I had to wait another year before I got another real chance at it. That's the thing about the Aurora it's unpredictable (yes this is slowly changing but do the weathermen always get it right?).
One of those nights it was really dancing like it does with much more frequency in Polar areas. I got the settings right. I was up all night. At Callanish there is light pollution from the village lights until they go off at 11pm.
I was up at Callanish at about 2am all on my own.
It was awesome!
Stopping to be blown away by a beach covered in reflected stars and a gentle green glow.
Well no, because there's nothing boring about it. Every time is different and an adventure.
If I had the time for any more addictions (the healthy ones) I would be a Space Weather addict
For me it is nothing about the aggressive competition that seems to be round every nook and cranny in photography and everything else these days. It's about learning skills, making connections, being observant.
The journey has taken me on many twist and turns and will continue to do so.
It feeds my hope for a better world and better things
for us all.
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