"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

Archive for January, 2012

And The Lofoten Wall – mountain chain

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Blogging from 30.000 ft in the air

Although the solar activity lately makes it a risky business health-wise to fly, it’s beautiful up here. And with the airline Norwegian’s brand new Boeing 737-800 it’s even possible to connect to the Internet for free. Way to go Norwegian! And now the company has made the single biggest purchase of aircrafts in European history. It’s a very interesting company to follow!

Right now I’m crossing the strait between Norway and Denmark in the brand new machine “Anders Celsius”. Here’s a photo taken

enroute from Northern Norway earlier today.

From the skies with love!

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The New Record and The Waiting Game

Today my blog has reached a new time high! My last entry about with the Northern Lights photos has shot through the roof! Right now we are experiencing the biggest Sun Storm since 2005. This is really bad news for communication and navigation satelites. It is not very healthy being an airline passenger or crew neither. But for watching spectacular lights in the night sky, it is great. Right now there’s a lull in the activity, but as the Earth rotates a little bit more, we in Northern-Norway will be right on the backstream of the charched particles from the Sun.

I have already shot a few photos tonight and are waiting for more. Unfortunately there is a lot of clouds right now. And since it’s rather cold, people are throwing birch into the fireplaces – like ther was no tomorrow – which produces a lot of smoke particles which scatter the light even more.

I hope you enjoy these preliminary shots of tonights show!

 


Stunning auroral activity!

Yesterday was a fantastic night! All one could hope and dream for! Often times the Earth’s magnetic field pushes so hard back against the Sun’s magnestic field, that the particle from solar bursts never enter the ionosphere to create this spectacle. But yesterday was – luckily – a day when the magnetic field lines let slip particles deep down into the ionosphere to create these breathtaking views. With the good help of my friend Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen, I managed to process the final details of my RAW photos to stand out like they are seen.

Enjoy!

Seen straight up!


Engulfed in light all around!

Have you ever gotten a present that just keeps on giving? This night was such a present! Northern Lights covering the entire night sky. Severeal times I just had to stop – I simply didn’t know which part of the sky I should shoot… Now that is a serious luxury problem! I have several hundred pictures ready for processing.

Here are just a few! More to come!


It’s like ice-fishing – you freeze your behind off – whether you catch something, or not….

Yesterday I spent quite some time down by the fjord, trying to catch some northern lights. It’s a bit like ice fishing. Sometimes you get a good catch, sometimes you don’t. There was quite nice flashes, but by the time I had rigged my equipment and was ready to shoot, there was more or less nothing. Waiting and waiting… Practically nothing…

I swung my camera around and shot a couple of shots of the City (Narvik) and its suburb Ankenes and then drove home at 01:30 am.

Narvik seen from the Ankenes Marina

Narvik seen from the Ankenes Marina

Ankens and the Ankenes Church seen from Ankenes Marina

Ankens and the Ankenes Church seen from Ankenes Marina

Ankenes and the Ankenes Church seen from Ankens Marina

Ankenes and the Ankenes Church seen from Ankens Marina


Photos from Bø in Vesterålen – HD

Breathtaking photos taken by Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen in probably the most beautiful place in the World – Bø in Vesterålen
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Photos from Bø in Vesterålen – HD

Breathtaking photos by Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen from probably the most beautiful place in the World – Bø in Vesterålen! Please check out more stunning photos at http://oysteinphoto.1x.com/gallery

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Moerkholla (Mørkholla) – The Dark Hole – not so dark anymore

In the Fagernes Mountain massive there is a place called Moerkholla (Norwegian: Mørkholla) – or ominously translated into English; The Dark Hole. As the name implies, not much sun reaches the bottom there, but it is somewhat brighter there now, than in the dark season during the winter.

The edge of Moerkholla

The edge of Moerkholla


Delightful Winter

Popped out shortly to shoot a few pictures today. Here’s the first. A wide angle shot of the inner parts of the Ofoten Fjord.

Sun covered mountains by the Ofoten Fjord

Sun covered mountains by the Ofoten Fjord


SOPA / PIPA postponed indefinitely

The SOPA and PIPA law proposals are postponed indefinately! Which means the World’s Population – not the Entertainment Industry – still has the democratic control over the internet! (For now)

So in order to join in the free expression of the world this entire blog is free under a CC – Creative Commons License – with the following limitations:

Commercial Use: NO (right back at you, greedy entertainement industry) Not without my written permission.

Share alike/alter the work: Yes, you may alter and share my pictures, videos or texts from this blog, as long as you link back to the blog. But still, if for commercial use, you need my written permission.

This license applies to The Whole World!

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Suncovered Mountain Tops

The sun is approaching the low land fast! Heres today’s view of the surrounding mountain tops of Narvik and Ankenes.




I am so sorry…

  • Do you prefer a safe Internet?
  • Do you prefer a stable Internet?
  • Do you prefer the old security of rights “Innocent until proven Guilty” to still be a golden rule in democratic societies?
  • Do you support a free, prosperous Internet
  • Do you oppose giving control over the World’s most significant tool for Prosperity and Freedom of Expression to the entertainment industry and dictatorius regimes?

Please, watch these film:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html

http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa

This has NOTHING to do with protecting artists’ Copyright! They are already protected through the law over most parts of the world – and I support the ones I like by buying their music and films.

This has EVERYTHING to do with giving the Entertainment Industry (and subsequently corrupt regimes) the TOTAL control over The Internet…

Still not convinced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc

On 1/24 it could be too late… The clock is ticking…