It is mountains that are highly photographed and especially from Spåkenes where I shot this, so in a way I try to avoid shooting at this area as there just isn´t that many compositions that has not been done before.
Though this spesific composition I can´t remember having seen before, and as simple as it is I really liked how it turned out.
Further to the left out of the frame, about 300 meters there are several ponds of water or ice in the winter that are the most popular foreground elements to use, also there is a lighthouse here, so within only half a kilometers you can find a lot of interesting subjects to photograph.
As the aurora had this smoky almost whispy quality with transitions between lights and dark and was moving somewhat fast I had to set my shutterspeed at 13 seconds at f/2,8 and iso 1600, anything above just looked too blurry.
The composition didn´t turn out as perfect as I thought it was when shooting, it was rather dark so while I thought it was centered with the triangle shape at the bottom it was infact not so I had to slightly crop the image to get it just right, and to get the heart shape with the bottom triangle part and the lights in the sky I only corrected for distortion and let the vignetting be.
A little tip, especially with higher iso images, don´t forget that you can selectively sharpen the image, so the ocean which is blurry due to the long exposure did not need any sharpening so I brushed it out and also reduced some of the sharpening in the darkest shadow which already have little to no visible detail from the beginning.