Arctic Lights over Telegrafbukta, Chapter II
Originally published on The North Way, my previous blog …
If you did not read it yet, here is the link to chapter I. Enjoy! ;)
Like every photography week end, I need to wake up “early” to shot the arctic lights :
– 10:30AM, the alarm rings. OK, this is the first ring, I still have time …
– 11:00 AM, I finally get up and quickly eat a breakfast before starting the soon traditional 45 minute walk to my favourite beach.
Streets are snowy and sidewalks pretty icy. Few people are walking in the streets. It is Sunday. Well, there is nothing really interesting during those 45 minutes of walk, so I’ll spare you that and fast forward to the most interesting part, alright?
The beach is relatively quiet. I find my usual spots, except that this time something has definitely changed. Winter has set up and covered the rocks with a thin coat of ice. This gives a very special atmosphere to the place. But the show does not end there. The lights, the famous Arctic Lights, are definitely not legendary only by name. These blue and yellow colours literally captivate my mind and the cloud covered mountains amplify the drama of the spectacle unfolding to my eyes. This time, it’s high tide. The landscape is thus changed somewhat and my last spots are covered by the sea. However, after a few glances my anxiety gives way to the great pleasure of finding even more gorgeous spots.
However I forgot to charge my batteries since our return from Scotland … I am positioned to take picture the most magnificent picture I have ever took (I often think that this one picture I am doing is the most beautiful I’ve ever done. I am often disappointed afterwards…). And suddenly, as you would expect, no more battery … Anyway, I think I can make it last for a few more shots if I keep it warm in my hands for a moment. And what a success! I could use it for at least another half hour.
After one of my most enjoyable photo shoots, the light begins to fall. I take a few more pictures. Happy, I then retire to the city center of a misty Tromsø in a light snow.