Last night the aurora forecast which I, along with the weather forecast, the supposed cloud coverage etc., studied religiously, forecasted an aurora activity of 5 out of 9. Together with clear skies the spectacle began at around 7pm. We stepped out of the hotel in Svolvær and saw the lights immediately cause they were so strong and visible. No need for long exposures with the camera.
Being in the city I worked with ISO 200-400, pretty short exposure times of around 2s-6s (mainly 2,5s and 3,2s) and f 2.0 with my 12mm olympus m.zuiko lens. Oh and not to forget my tripod. I also still used the automatic focus cause there were enough buildings to focus on. Later on in the country, out of the city, I set the ISO to 400, focus mode on manual and the focus on infinity. I still used my 12mm with f2.0 but needed a longer exposure time of 6-8s as it was mostly completely dark.
It was amazing. No comparison to our aurora experience in Iceland (you can check out the article here) and that was already a great experience. There are actually no words for last nights experience . Therefore I let the pictures speak for themselves.