Photographing Aurora Borealis in Northern Europe

It is quiet today! This is the beginning of my newest photography adventure:

From now on I am hunting Aurora Borealis in Germany!

Yes, you can take pictures of polar light in Germany or other European Countries.

As you can see on this forecast for Aurora Borealis hunter: It is quiet today. It is quiet most of the time!

This is a forecast that predicts the auroral activity. It is my first address for predicting polar light.

The thick green belt shows the area where Aurora Borealis could appear. The thin green ring marks the area where you can possibly see Aurora Borealis.

You need at least High+ Activity to see Aurora Borealis in Northern Germany

Almost every year there is a chance of seeing polar light in Germany as you can see here:

http://www.naturgewalten.de/aurorapics.htm

Here are some other examples for Aurora Borealis activity in Germany:
http://www.polarlichter.info/#mitteleuropa
http://www.meteoros.de/polar/flugbl.htm
http://www.dnews.de/nachrichten/hamburg-schleswig-holstein/286116/erste-polarlichter-seit-jahren-sichtbar.html

Even in my hometown Kiel, you can take pictures of polar light: http://www.gva-kiel.de/polarlichter.htm

Aurora Borealis in Northern Europe: Let me share some basic information:

There are several communities for your personal use to stay informed about polar light. For my German friends I would recommend the Polarlicht Forum.

This is a good place to start if you are new to photography at all.

How to take pictures of Aurora Borealis.

How to find Aurora Borealis.

Aurora Borealis in Northern Europe: It is a stupid idea but worth a post

Since my – now norwegian – friend Rene Cortis told me, that there is a chance to shot polar light in Germany I am keen to take one of the best Aurora Borealis Photo ever taken in Germany. There is high potential for such a photo for the stock photo market.

A quick research told me, that there is the chance to get a picture. Certainly you have to be really lucky that

  • there is really high auroral activity,
  • the sky is clear,
  • the moon is below the horizon,
  • you can reach the right location
  • and finally there you have to spot Aurora Borealis.

I am living near a beach that is heading north and it is far away from civilisation. So after a 20 minutes ride I am at the perfect location. All I have to do for now is waiting and studying the news.

I will inform you, when I have had success.

11 Comments
  1. Good luck, too far for me to drive.

    But maybe somewhen next year… :-)

    Bernd

  2. Dear Olaf, thank you for sharing this great site!
    Have a great success in hunting :)

    Adrian

    • Hi Adrian, there hasn’t been a chance till now. Think I must be very lucky if it works… I will inform you… :-)

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