UNIVERSAL ENERGY DANCING WITH OUR ATMOSPHERE
Aurora Borealis Photography
MAGIC IN THE NIGHT SKY
If you’re travelling to the aurora zone in the northern hemisphere (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Canada, UK etc), knowing how to photograph the aurora borealis is, in my mind, as essential as remembering your thermals and crampons! Seeing the aurora borealis or northern lights is something that will take up space in your heart forever. I have travelled to Iceland many times, so have predominantly seen most aurora there as well as when travelling in Scotland, Sweden, The Faroe Islands, Canada and Lofoten in the Arctic Circle of Norway. And finally in March 2023, I captured it in South England both from my home in Ramsgate and the clifftops of Botany Bay Broadstairs! A rare strong geomagnetic storm bringing a surreal and memorable night!
My aurora imagery and citizen science writing has been featured in National Geographic, Ernest Journal & Iceland Monitor and I've been interviewed live by BBC Radio Kent on several occasions, as well as producing audio during aurora chases that was featured at a later date.
If there is a specialist subject to ask me about, aurora chasing is it! And it is that knowledge I have distilled to guide you on your own aurora adventure.
I have been so incredibly lucky to have seen them on so many memorable nights, the start of the season, the end of the season and in -22 deg c depths of winter. They have completely captivated me and chasing them is somewhat of an addiction! I receive a lot of questions about how to spot them and how to photograph them and I taught folk on tours I’ve led and even at stops in coffee shops and at guest houses while en route! A lot of people also said they had travelled at the same time as me and didn’t see the aurora, so I will share more about what you need to look for as the untrained eye might miss them. With all of this in mind, I promised I’d write a post to answer these questions, so hold on tight as we’re about to walk through some hints and tips on hunting, seeing and photographing the aurora.