Best places on planet to view Northern Lights?

1 year 8 months ago #606052 by Tim Dordeck

Skarpi wrote: Speaking of Iceland, I see them out my window as we speak. 

We see them frequently here in Iceland, so I photograph them mostly here, but also in Greenland and Norway. Not sure what is the "best place" to view them, but I like to have some landscape, or lakes as foreground, if there is not much around, then I might just use my truck as foreground



Now THAT is how you do off road!  What size tires are those??

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1 year 8 months ago #606120 by Juan Anthony
Agree, those are some serious tires on that van.  Is that a Mercedes?  


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1 year 7 months ago #607287 by Toby J

Juan Anthony wrote: Agree, those are some serious tires on that van.  Is that a Mercedes?  


Looks like one


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1 year 7 months ago #607339 by Number 7
By the way, anyone know why the northern lights are green versus any other color?


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1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 7 months ago #607348 by effron
Typically, when charged particles collide with oxygen, yellow and green are produced. Interactions with nitrogen produce red, violet, and occasionally blue colors.

Why so serious?
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1 year 7 months ago #607413 by Tim Dordeck

effron wrote: Typically, when charged particles collide with oxygen, yellow and green are produced. Interactions with nitrogen produce red, violet, and occasionally blue colors.


WOW, never knew there were different colors.   Just thought green was it.  Red seems to be a very rare occassion -  www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/fe...s-awe-and-foreboding

That would be awe inspiring to whiteness something like that!  Heck, I think blue would be cool to see in person too.  


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1 year 7 months ago #607491 by Randall McNabb
Hey thanks everyone, so many places.   Now comes the tough part, picking a location!


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1 year 7 months ago #608575 by Jackson Rieger
Best places in the world to view northern lights:
  1. Abisko, Sweden 
  2. Tromsø, Norway 
  3. Rovaniemi, Finland
  4. Reykjavik, Iceland
  5. Moray Coast, Scotland 
  6. Yukon, Canada 
  7. Fairbanks, Alaska 


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1 year 7 months ago #608579 by Fitch
In Alaska and Iceland between September and March is peak Northern Light season.  Good rule of thumb is you want to find some interesting foreground to make it work.  


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1 year 7 months ago #608594 by Randall McNabb
What are you driving through 3 feet of snow with those tires?!  Well that illustrates why I asked this question, is something like that needed to get around?  

BTW, how large are those tires?


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1 year 7 months ago #608812 by Camera Diva
Alaska, Iceland, Sweden and Norway are 4 spots you'll want to seriously consider.  Canada and Greenland too.  IMO you'll best off going with a group, and a guide.  That way you can focus on taking the shots vs finding them.   Most of these locations have locals or workshops you can attend, some will even include hotel and food.  So really all you have to do is wake up, follow the leader and snap off the shots.  Way less stressful.  

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1 year 7 months ago #608850 by Toby J

Randall McNabb wrote: What are you driving through 3 feet of snow with those tires?!  Well that illustrates why I asked this question, is something like that needed to get around?  

BTW, how large are those tires?


No, not needed, most roads are clear.  I would guess 33" tires.  


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1 year 7 months ago #608977 by Alex

Toby J wrote:

Randall McNabb wrote: What are you driving through 3 feet of snow with those tires?!  Well that illustrates why I asked this question, is something like that needed to get around?  

BTW, how large are those tires?


No, not needed, most roads are clear.  I would guess 33" tires.  


Hey Toby, close but no cigar friend.  Those tires are 44"!  I just confirmed. ;)

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1 year 7 months ago #609017 by EOS Man
Hey Alex, check your PM please.  Sent you a message.  Thank you.

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1 year 7 months ago #609080 by Vladimir
When shooting northern lights, are these bright enough to get away with a lower ISO or are you having to crank your ISO up to the point where you start getting noise? 


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