We are pleased that you have found the travelogue from our trip to Tromsø in Northern Norway in the winter of 2012. We spent five wonderful nights in the fjords and highland of Tromsø area and the main focus was on photographing and observing the Northern lights at their peak activity in 2012.
We booked our trip through Dionys Moser’s travel agency Fotoreisen CH which is specialised in tours for photographers and the whole trip was perfectly organised to photographer’s needs. Dionys had put a lot of effort in location scouting, the groups consisted of a maximum of 8 people per mini-bus and he and his team, Michael and Carmen, were perfect in analysing weather- and aurora forecast. We can really recommend Fotoreisen CH for trips that cannot be organised by yourself or if you don’t have enough time for location scouting like in our case.
A special thanks goes to Carmen Moosmann, who was a perfect and very friendly guide during this trip.
Many thanks also to Stephen Gingold for proof-reading and suggestions!
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A last word about the colours of the Northern lights. My eyes perceived the Northern lights as a dark to light green that only turned into a bright green if activity was very strong. The colour has never been neon green but camera sensors usually record it exactly like this. I decided not to over-process my images regarding saturation and contrast – I intentionally even reduced the green saturation of the Northern lights by minimum 25% – to keep a more natural look. There was a real colour spectacle and star explosion going on in the sky that I tried to capture with my camera. I’m aware that my photos don’t look as striking as many other photos but they are more authentic and show nature as realistically as possible. This is nothing special for me as a photographer – it is just consistent with my personal ethics of nature photography that I try to follow for all my photos.
I now hope you enjoy reading about the magnificent Northern lights that we experienced and that we can take you into a completely different world.
Sandra Schaenzer & Gerhard Schoening