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The most unexpected northern light sighting.

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During our way back to Stockholm, we stopped by Sunsvall for a night. Sunsvall is further from the arctic circle compared to the Kiruna, Abisko, and Lofoten so we didn’t expect to be able to see the northern lights there.

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But we are wrong! After we checked in, we decided to go to the city center for our dinner, but when we got into our car, I saw the sky glowing green right above our heads.Then I realized it was the northern lights!

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We are all pumped up! we quickly googled a better location with less light pollution compared to our hotel,  we found a lake nearby and we drove there as fast as we could.

CMY_PHOTOGRAPHY-3The lake was frozen and surrounded by threes, it was a great location! When we got there the Northern light gets really intense and it was incredible to be able to see it up close, it was right above us, it was an epic experience for us! but after few minutes of northern light shooting, clouds started to came by and block our view. We are unprepared for the cold night and we headed back to our hotel.

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Our hotel is on top of a mountain, the view there is spectacular. It was quite late, all of my friends are going to bed, but I didn’t give up, I went outside and tried my luck on the northern lights. I was lucky, the sky cleared up and the aurora light show appears again, the weather and the strenght of the northern light was so great, I can see the light even on top of the city, where the light pollution is very high.

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After realizing how lucky I am, I quickly found a spot and point my camera straight up and started to take photos. When the northern lights are right above you, it is a lot more beautiful then looking at them in a distance, it was surreal!

CMY_PHOTOGRAPHY-6And this is where I got  my favorite northern light photos, the Angel.

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My first Northern Lights Encounter!

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This is the first aurora photographs I took during my trip to Sweden and Norway last December. This is some where near Kiruna, Sweden. Kiruna is well snowed for their northern lights , but we worried about the light pollution there thus we found a place close enough for us to drive to Kiruna easily. So for few days we stayed on an Island in a big frozen river, Arctic Island Camp. During our first night there, even though we are very tired, we still went out to try our luck for the auroras. When we reach the frozen river, we saw some green light on the far horizon to our north, we quickly set up our tripod and camera to take a test shot, and we got it. The photographs above is shot with a Samyang 14mm f2.8 lens  at, ISO2000, F2.8 and 25second exposure. We are so happy and exited, we quickly ran out more into the frozen river as our view of the aurora is blocked by the threes on our left.

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We arrived at a open area to shoot the northern lights. The sky is very clear that time, its around 5pm then. You can see the Big Dipper  clearly above the long streak of northern lights. Although the northern lights are usually shot with a wide angle lens, I decided to change to a longer lens for it, because its so far away.

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The ‘R’, I got this shot with my canon 70-200 f4 L IS , normally it is better to shoot the northern lights with a faster shutter speed for detailed light streaks, but since my lens’s biggest aperture is F4, and my ISO is already at 2500, i still need a 10second exposure for this.

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After that, the northern lights grew bigger, and I changed back to my wide angle lens. You can see the Big Dipper on this photo too. 🙂

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After almost an our on the frozen river taking photographs, my toes are hurting very badly due do the cold. Big groups of clouds are also coming in blocking the lights. So we decided to call it a day and head back to get warm, but before that, we still did the all-time-cliche with long exposure – Light writings. 😛

 

Although the pain from my toes are immense, but it is all worth it!

 

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

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No that is not a Pterodactyl! Its  not a flying dinosaur in an alien landscape, it’s a pair of birds nesting in Iceland’s blue lagoon.

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After enjoying the warm bath in the blue lagoon, I came out fist to take some photos of the surroundings landscape. The environment there is truly unique, it is the weirdest place I have visited in my life.

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Me and my brother took a selfie with my camera on a tripod and using the 10second self timer. The different kind of landscapes you can see in Iceland is truly amazing, ranging from ice cap mountains, black sand desert, awesome cliffs and waterfalls to the blue lagoon, I don’t think you can see such variety in other part of the world. I really enjoyed the trip a lot.

Early morning at LungPan Park (龙磐公园) KenTing 垦丁

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Early in the morning, when it’s still dark outside, we ride our rented motorbike out to find a nice place to enjoy a sunrise. It was a very enjoyable ride. After riding for some time, we can see the sky starting to turn blue, the sun is almost out. So we decide to visit the LungPan Park as we saw some motorbikes already parked there.

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The park its actually a beautiful cliff looking out towards the see. It was really beautiful place, the weather is also awesome that day although its during a storm season.

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As we are all busy taking picture of the sunrise, a wild herd of goat appear, and starting having their breakfast. Now everyone started to take photo of them. 😛

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Free wildlife photography chance, with the beautiful sunrise as background. Its really a once in a life time experience. 😀

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Someone bought their dog to the park and the dogs are having fun teasing the goat, putting up a show for everyone here. After the beautiful sunrise, dark cloud started to build up and it was drizzling very soon. We felt so lucky to have the chance to enjoy the sunrise in a beautiful landscape. Highly recommended to rent a bike to anyone visiting KenTing. Just ride and explore KenTing, and don’t forget to catch both sunrise and sunset there. 🙂

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

A back alley in the day, a night street food market in the night.

A back alley in the day, a night street food market in the night.

A back alley, one a side is a row of hawkers and on the other side is a row of table and seats. Its that simple, yet it bring many different feeling to many people. As I grew up around this area of Johor Bahru, this is a place full of nostalgia. Last time there were no metal cages to protect the air-conditioning unit from theft. I’m glad that I had captured this photo before the certain disappearance of this street due to the growing city and future development.