But later on as it started to get just a little brighter the aurora came out in full force over the mist water, and already pressing the shutterbutton the title "The Journey" came to mind and that to me is my own little sign of my better captures.
The challenge shooting here was how damp it was outside, had about a 20 shot buffer before I had to pack away the camera to avoid moisture on the lens, I took all precautions and was careful to get the most out of the evening and managed to avoid it completely.
Still water with perfect reflection is pretty much a dream scenario for any aurora hunter, adding fog ontop just made the atmosphere even greater for a capture.
I wanted to get a hint off details in some of the shadows so it would not become blocked out darks, but I also focused on lessening the noise in the image so I stuck with iso 800 and used a longer exposure even though it ment some of the movement in the aurora would not be captured.
As technically I shoot for the possibility of large size prints I have to keep that in mind during my captures, doing so puts a few more requirements on gear and technique but it is absolutely worth it.
Josvannet where this was captured lies in Reisadalen in Nordreisa, Troms, northern Norway and it is a dream of a lake to photograph all year round, and especially at this time when all the bugs are gone and there is hardly a single sound to hear it is one of the most peacefull places I know.