The Auroras in Lofoten

Image Description

Made a trip to the Lofoten Islands of Norway - 60-75 miles N of the Arctic circle - primarily for the auroras. It snowed the first 6 of 7 days - very pretty ( but cold with wind chills down to minus 20 )
On the 7th night the skies opened up to give us this look .
The cabins in some areas did get blown out - fortunately i recognized that this will happen and took multiple exposures of the foreground

Type of Critique Requested

  • Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.

  • Conceptual: Feedback on the message and story conveyed by the image.

  • Emotional: Feedback on the emotional impact and artistic value of the image.

  • Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.

Specific Feedback and Self-Critique

The purpose of this trip was to get to see and photograph some of this activity - just the one night

Technical Details

I believe this was at ISO 1000 for 5 secs

Hi Karl,

I was near there a couple of years ago myself, and for the same reason, unfortunately I didn’t come away with any images worthy of posting anywhere but the experience was enough to make me smile and that’s what counts for me. :slight_smile:

I really like the cabins and other FG environmental elements in this image., they compliment the aurora action very well.

The aurora is great and the clouds add to it in my opinion. Images like this are magical.

I like how the aurora colors are in the clouds and I like the composition, very well done IMHO.

I see some purple color as well as more green color that I feel could be brought out a little more and it looks like there is a slight washed out look from the village lights hitting the lens during the 5 second exposure.

I hope you don’t mind but I did a quick edit adding a little saturation, brightness and contrast to the sky just to see what it would look like.
I also run it through a denoise program with a very minimal strength to prevent removing stars along with the digital noise.
It’s just something for you to consider.
I only wish that one of my images looked as good as yours but I can look at yours anytime, right! :slight_smile:

Hi Karl! You captured some beautiful colors. I’m glad the skies cleared for you. Always an issue that makes me anxious about photo workshops, what if the conditions don’t work out? Guess it’s always good to have a backup plan as well. I really like the photo and how the red of the houses compliments the green of the auroral ribbons. I was wondering about cropping off the left side of the image where there is no aurora? Great shot!

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What a wonderful sight!! The village in the FG is a very nice feature. I think an interesting option would be to tweak the WB just a bit toward blue. That would put a hint of blue in the sky and tone down the village just a bit. Purely artist’s choice – neither better nor worse, in my opinion.

Great edits and thank you very much! May try DFine with manual control points in the dark sky

Thanks Diane - yes, a little blue in astro skies is nice - let me see what I can do - nice tip!