Visibility IV / V
I was on a summer vacation in Lofoten, Norway. 31.8. it was my last evening in the photogenic village of Reine, and the weather was about to clear up after the rain showers in the morning. Nights in northern Norway are quite short, and it didn't get really dark yet.
However, I followed the aurora borealis forecasts and was outside with the camera for quite a long time, but nothing could be seen in the direction of the Sakrisøy island in the north. Then I looked to the south and there in the direction I could see a dim arc in the pale sky. The arch can be seen in the seventh image of the observation.
I changed the shooting location and tried to get a suitable foreground for the pictures as the northern lights moved in the sky. Finally, the northern lights moved further north directly above Sakrisøy, and really started to brighten. The sky was already quite dark. I photographed the fires from the pier in front of my cabin. Shooting was a bit challenging, as there were several bright lights on the pier, and Samyang's 14mm lens is quite sensitive to lens flare from the lights. In the end, however, I managed to position the camera so that the lights did not interfere.
The northern lights were very lively for a long time, and moved quickly. At one point, the brightest belt broke up into a peculiar picket fence pattern, as shown in the sixth picture. When the show started to quiet down, I moved indoors to warm up and rest.