Remember the feeling when your ultimate wish comes true or when you finally get your favorite ice cream on a burning sunny afternoon?
Those uncanny feeling happened to me that night, when those northern lights dancing right in front of my eyes.
It was ..stellar.
To see her live has been on my top list, since I saw @amrazing
’s amazing Aurora photos back in 2016. Years later, my wish was granted. Even better, I got the best company to share my euphoria with. @julioroland
and I couldn’t feel anything, but overwhelming joy.
We’re so lucky on that first day at Ivalo. Weather forecast said it would be clear that night and we’d get a bigger chance to see her. There it was, across from the river at the back of our hotel, at 6pm I remember, somewhat thick mist hanging in the dark starry sky.
It didn’t look green at all to our eyes, it’s just like a grayish dust in the sky. However, when we pointed the camera —voila, the green color appeared on the screen! Yes, it’s the first time we realized it was the Aurora.
I took a couple of test shots, cause it’s been a while since my last time capturing night sky with manual setting—long exposures, white balance, ISO, etc etc. Plus, it was freezing to the bone. We decided to go back to the hotel to fuel up with some food, then go somewhere darker to capture it. Apparently, she’s very shy when distracted with other lights. Therefore, to see her clearly we must go to total dark places to see her in her full forms. Dancing.
And we did. We drove up to 30kms to the north and pulled over near the Ukonjarvi lake. We got to see them, and we got those pics with all the struggles. We sneezed, we fought the cold, yet we cried happily.