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10 things you need to consider before chasing the Northern Lights

Enchanting, awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, magical. These are just some of the endless adjectives you can come up with when seeing the Northern Lights for the first time. The Northern Lights as many would know it, is also known as the Aurora Borealis, a natural phenomenon that happens in фильм the northern and southern most parts of the earth. The sheer distance and isolation of these places jordan retro 1 already make the Northern Lights just a dream or a bucketlist of millions of people. However, if you do get that cheap football jerseys once in a lifetime chance to see it or chase it as they call it, make sure you’ve considered these 10 things to fully maximize and give yourself the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

  1. Go to the Aurora Zone during Aurora Season

The Aurora does not show up everyday for 365 days. There’s actually a window where you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights usually during the colder, darker nights in the Northern Hemisphere from September to around end March. The best places to catch the Aurora is in the Scandinavia region specifically the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland as well as Iceland. Arctic cities such as Tromso, Norway or the Finnish Lapland are the best places to catch the Northern Lights.

  1. Clear/partially clear skies

One of the trickiest things to consider is weather. Even if you’re in the right place in the right time, but the weather is gloomy and cloudy, the chances are you’ll never see the Northern Lights. It’s probably one of the most important factors in seeing the Aurora. Even if Aurora activity is low, but you have clear skies, then the chances are you’ll still see the Northern Lights, but maybe just not as strong and intense. The thing with Scandinavia is, the weather can be unpredictable, it can be raining in one area and totally clear in another, so your best bet is to check satellite data from online website that show CLOUD COVER. For instance, in Iceland, you can use Iceland’s meteorological site to see real time satellite updates on cloud cover:

  1. An average camera with bulb settings, but preferably a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Aside from simply seeing the Aurora with your own eyes, it is also as important to capture it with your camera. It’s not as easy as using your Iphone and just pointing and shooting it. You might be able to do it if the Aurora is really strong and bright, but during most instances, you’ll need a camera that has bulb settings where you can change the exposure settings to shoot in BULB mode to fully capture the dancing lights. The camera comes in handy especially when the Aurora is faint because by setting the exposure longer, then the camera captures more light than just an ordinary Iphone camera. A DSLR or Mirrorless camera is preferred since you can change lenses depending on the situation. It’s always good to be able to adapt and change on the fly.

  1. A tripod and Remote Shutter

Bringing a Cheap Oakleys good camera does not guarantee you a great shot. If you’re going to chase the Aurora make sure to bring a tripod and a remote shutter. The thing with long exposures is one small movement then the photo becomes blurry. Set up your tripod and use a camera remote shutter or a timer button to make sure the camera doesn’t move when you try to capture the Northern Lights. It’s difficult at first since you’ll have to measure the angle and adjustment on the tripod to capture the perspective you want.

  1. Drive out of the city away from city lights

The Aurora is best seen in total darkness. Yes, it might sound scary to some, but the best Aurora pictures are taken in total darkness. If you are close to the city, there are a lot of noises that can ruin your image. Street lights or even car lights can affect the picture since your camera takes in as much light as possible.

  1. A flashlight to help set up the camera in the dark

More often than not, shooting in total darkness requires you to walk or in some cases hike to certain spots. So you’ll need to be prepared with a flashlight or even your phone flashlight to guide you as you walk into darkness.

  1. Wide angle lenses (around 10-24mm)

The Northern Lights photos that become viral on social media are usually taken using a wide angle lens maybe around 10-24mm to fully capture the landscapes below as well as the Aurora lights above. If you really want a great shot, then you must have a wide lens on hand to be able to fully capture this natural phenomenon. Smart phone cameras are great but it’s nowhere close to the perspective a wide angle lens can capture for you.

  1. A subject, a landscape, or something to use as point of reference

If you’re shooting the Northern Lights, it’s always better if you find a landscape or for example a lake or a jordans for sale body of water to shoot it with. This gives your photo a better perspective as to how majestic the Northern lights are. Also, aside from just shooting in landscape, try to mix it up and shoot portrait shots as well to give yourself a variety of shots to choose from.

  1. The right gear/clothes

Aurora season is usually COLD. By cold, I mean freezing cold. Be prepared to brave the cold and pack the right gear and clothes. Don’t forget to bring gloves and wear thick clothes to be able to patiently chase the Aurora during the long, winter cheap jordans for sale nights.

  1. Luck

At the end of the day, chasing the Aurora boils down to luck too. Some people simply need one night to see it, but some have tried countless times but to no avail. But in order for you to really give yourself the highest chance, rent a car and be updated with current cloud cover. Even if the Aurora forecast is low, you can always try your luck and drive to a place with the least cloud cover or clear skies to try your luck.

Here are some of my photos when I hunted the Aurora for the very first time last Autumn in Iceland:

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Happy Hunting!


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