A Creepy Place
This is the weirdest and creepiest place I have chosen for aurora photography. I knew it would be a perfect place. And it was.
Choosing a location is so important even when shooting something that's high up in the sky. But the foreground does so much to the photo. It's one of the main ingredients even in aurora photography.
I had had this bog in my mind for quite a while. I walked across it a few years ago (see a photo at the bottom) and discovered a spot with dead trees, like a dead forest in the middle of the bog. I could imagine what that would look like in a winter setting with stars and the aurora in the background.
To get there I had to ski. I borrowed a pair of skis that were more suitable for loose snow with. no ski tracks. My racing skis would not have worked there at all. In fact it turned out that getting there even on these skis would be a challenge. I had 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the nearest road, where I parked my car. Still, it took me almost 45 minutes to get across some fields and through the forest and partly across the bog before I reached this place.
But it was all worth it! The northern lights were active throughout those 5 hours I stayed there. They came and went, as did the clouds. But I got some really cool photos from the dead forest.
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