On Monday March 30 2020 I drive out to a beach called Storsand. I arrive right after 10 pm. As I reach the beach with my camera, my tripod and my bag I can see that the aurora is already visible, although pale. But my experience says patience is the aurora spotters best tool. I mount my camera on the tripod and start shooting.
Where I stand the sand is frozen like a concrete floor and there are ice floes and snow near the waterline and where the water is shallow. The camera can collect light during a long exposure so I can clearly see areas with ice, snow and open water on my display. The temperature is a few minus degrees Celsius and there is basically no wind.
After 40 minutes the Northern Lights become stronger. I see a beautiful arch to the north and it bends and moves slowly. I take photo after photo. I get up on the cliff to get the short pine tree silhouettes in my photos.
Suddenly I see a lamp flashing on the other end of the beach. It seems I’m not the only aurora spotter here.
I point my camera towards beach. In my photo it’s surrounded by pine trees and the light in the sky that seems to paint everything green. The reflection in the water—or, at this point, rather the thin ice surface—gives the photo that little extra I’m always looking for.
The title to my photo came a few days later, when I revisited the photo and realize that the reflection in the water looks like a fractured mirror. The photo was taken during the early stages of the global Corona Pandemic…
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