Last 2-3 weeks I have been struggling with the flu so I have missed out on a few days of aurora, but I figured it would be better than to risk getting even sicker, but I felt up to it yesterday so a friend and I went out aurora hunting, i certainly did not dissapoint, this is one of the last images I took the ones before had a lot more aurora in them, but for this area less seemed to be more.
In general when shooting aurora pictures you always want more, but I do not think it would fit this scene with its calm and peaceful nature so i think the calm aurora actually worked out well.
There was basicly two shots to choose from here that provided the better compositions, this one you see above and one at the ledge overlooking the valley, I decided to go for this because of the moon as I did not want to cut half the valley to get the moon in the frame on the other shot.
If you have moonlight and clouds a very good trick is to wait to shoot until right before a cloud is covering the moon, this way that will dim the moonlight slightly and enough to do longer exposures and get the stars.
Captured in Nordreisa, Troms, northern Norway.
Nikon D800E, Zeiss 15mm, F2.8, iso 400, 40 seconds.