North Light over the pier by Frank Olsen

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Pr. July 2012
Image was taken just outside the city of Tromso, Norway on december 12, 2011. It was a nice cold night with very bright moonlight lighting up the snow covered mountains. Big Dipper / The Plough are also visible at the top.
This “home made” wooden pier was just the perfect place to shoot the aurora borealis. Across the fjord is Kvaløya (whale) island.
Canon EOS 7D, with Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
ISO 400 10 second exposure f/3,2

-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 7D
Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8
Canon EF 24 – 70L mm f/2.8
Tamron 180 mm macro f/3,5
Canon 420EX
Various filters, Tripods, remote shutter etc

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  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 3 years ago

    Wow what I wouldn’t give to have been there. Heavenly beauty

  • julie08
    julie08almost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work :)

  • Steely
    Steelyalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely image, beautiful.

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellalmost 3 years ago


  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    DECEMBER 17th, 2011
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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 3 years ago

    superb shot!

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful scene and capture, Frank! So glad I saw this in the challenge—love the way you composed the wooden pier leading to Kvaløya and up to the aurora and the stars! Gorgeous sight! (We’re socked in with snow—nothing so magnificent, so seeing this is sheer delight.) (fav and a vote ;)

  • Thanks alot, Jan for your kind words. And thanks for paying attention to the details, as well. I tried to compose a depth in this image, and I feel i managed it in this image…
    Happy hollidays!

    – Frank Olsen

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    I think you achieved the depth, Frank. And with that amount of snow, the exposure really shows the detail, as if in daylight! I wonder if some think that incredible ephemeral green of the aurora looks unreal? Beautiful work, again.

  • Thanks Jan, for your comment. There is no enhancing of the colors in this image. I’ve just added more contrast to get the details to stand more out. But not to much, or the image will look “hard”.
    The grren aurora color will not appear so bright to the naked eye, as this image is not “instant” but collecting light and color for 10 seconds.
    Is’a almost the same as phtographing the milky way – you will need longer shutter speed to get the light.
    - Frank

    – Frank Olsen

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