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Aurora Borealis by the road by Frank Olsen

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This image from march 11th 2011 shows the easy access to Aurora in the arctic Norway. Just a short drive from the city of Tromsoe, Norway, it was just to pop the head out of the car window to see this beatiful scenery.Kvaløya (whale) island. The descending moon is just above the horizon lighten up the landscape. To the left in a small cottage is placed. I suspect they have some great scenes all year aroumd.
To the left of the moon the Pleiades is seen.
In this picture, I’m standing besides my car.
This Aurora streches all across the sky, so it is massive! The decending moon cast some light over the sea.

Favorited by 143 people by January 2012

By turning 180 degrees, this is what I saw:

Canon EOS 7D, with Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. ISO 800, 8 secs expousure
Tip for Aurora photographing

-Passionate hobby photographer.
-Live in Tromsø, Norway.
-Work as a technical engineer at the University hospital of North-Norway, (UNN).

-My current equipment are:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Canon EF 16 – 35L II f/2.8,
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L is II USM
Canon EF 24 – 70L mm f/2.8
Tamron 180 mm macro f/3,5
Canon 420EX
Manfrotto tripods
Various filters

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnalmost 4 years ago

    WOW! Fantastisk bilde Frank!

  • Frank Olsen
    Frank Olsenalmost 4 years ago

    Takk, Torfinn!

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 4 years ago

    This is an Awesome capture, what a breathtaking view !!!!!!!!
    Gorgeous, Gorgeous !!!!

  • Brooke Reynolds
    Brooke Reynoldsalmost 4 years ago


  • EvaLarsen
    EvaLarsenalmost 4 years ago

    Dine Nordlys bilder er helt i særklasse, magiske, vakre.

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnalmost 4 years ago

    OMG, you just popped your head out of the car to take this?! Gorgeous work, Frank. What I wouldn’t give to actually see the Aurora Borealis in person :))

  • That’s right Colleen!
    I’m standing just in front of the car.
    Here’s another picture:

    – Frank Olsen

  • Annbjørg  Næss
    Annbjørg Næssalmost 4 years ago

    Ja, dette var kjempe fint.

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 4 years ago

    Great catch! Please submit to also ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY – my dashboard point of view!

  • peaceofthenorth
    peaceofthenorthalmost 4 years ago

    OK Franks now you are just showing off..lol…it hit here last night but again cloud cover but it was strong enough to glow through the clouds at one point …this just make me JEALOUS….you rock buddy….Steve

  • jules572
    jules572almost 4 years ago

    BREATHTAKING!, at time if we’re lucky enough we can see this light display slightly here in southern Ontario as it dances across our northern sky…Jules

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