What Is the Aurora Borealis? Photos
Albrigsten already had a viral video claim to fame, having previously shot beautiful footage of reindeer grazing under the Northern Lights.
Regarding his latest project, Albrigsten told NRK that as he was conducting the equipment tests, "I came suddenly upon a bunch of humpback whales that were playing under the Northern Lights. I went back the following day to see if I could get closer. After a few hours I nearly gave up, but then they turned up again."
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According to BBC News, the video was taken was filmed off the coast of Kvaløya, near the city of Tromsø. It is fitting that Kvaløya means "Whale Island," honoring the many whales that come to the site to feed, bask, play and more.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, represent an astronomical phenomenon that actually occurs in both the northern and southern hemispheres, a Library of Congress fact sheet explains. Solar activity ejects a cloud of gas, called a "coronal mass ejection," that collides with Earth's magnetic field within 2 to 3 days.
This collision generates currents of charged particles that then flow along lines of magnetic force into the Polar Regions. When these particles encounter oxygen and nitrogen atoms in Earth's atmosphere, dazzling auroral lights result.
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In some locations, such as Alaska or Greenland, the Northern Lights can be visible on most nights of the year.
If you are lucky enough to see this natural sky show, Albrigsten offers these photography tips:
Bring a tripod for your camera and get away from areas with lots of light.
Use an SLR (single-lens reflex camera) that allows for manual settings.
A rule of thumb is to set the camera at 800 ISO (light sensitivity) and have the aperture fully open.
Many people prefer to use the lowest possible ISO and slow shutter speeds.
Be patient, wear warm clothing and enjoy a hot beverage!