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Eshaness Aurora

By MHenderson
In contrast to the previous photo I posted, taken on a calm moonless night, this photo was taken on 8 March 2012 under a full moon. I was perched on the top of the cliffs of Eshaness in Shetland, the wind was blowing up to gale force in from the Atlantic. The aurora display appeared as if by magic between violent hail showers and lasted for about 25 minutes before the weather closed in. I had do hold onto the tripod so it didn't blow over the cliffs. The glow on top of the cliffs and foreground is lit up from the passing beam of the Eshaness lighthouse. The full moon was bright enough to give shadows on the sea from the cliffs. The loud roar and rumbled of the Atlantic continually crashed in through caves and geos in the cliffs. I stuck it out here for a couple more hours, cold to the bone with that Atlantic wind, hoping for another good view of the aurora between hail showers but the north sky never cleared again that night. A memorable trip, quite exhilarating. The cliffs are about 100 feet high and in a real storm the sea crashes pretty near right over them. The full moon allowed for just a 6 second exposure at ISO 400, f2.8

Tags: Aurora borealis Landscape and travel

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 1:12AM
An amazing phenomenon beautifully captured here.

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Anna_W 4 1 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 6:03AM
Very nicely captured and your description of the shoot was great - almost as good as being there Smile
17 May 2012 8:10AM
Well done on getting this and not getting blown off the cliff along with your camera! Lovely image.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 9:11AM
Great to see an amazing coastal view with the northern lights as opposed to the usual inland or greenland (or iceland!) views!

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