Arctic photography tips

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Arctic photography tips
Dec 2, 2012

After some years promising that we would, this year is the year we go to Lapland in search of Santa! I know this might not sound so exciting as a photo opportunity but I am very excited. The Northern Lights are visible approximately 200 nights per year in the area of Finnish Lapland that we are going to and I am hopefully to be able to try and get some astro photography long exposures in too. Like I said, very excited...

Why the post, you may wonder?

I have a few questions. I plan to take my D800 and 14-24 and 24-70 Nikon lenses, tripod and Astrotrac. As the temperatures will be pretty much Arctic (-25 C) I am wondering how I can be best prepared. Not even sure the Astrotrac will work that cold?

  • My guess is battery life will suffer.
  • Have you any experience of shooting in extreme cold? Any tips for shooting the Aurora Borealis? Would you bother with the astrotrac? Setting it up precisely at -25C sounds like a painful exercise.
  • Am I taking the best lens combination? Don't want to be carrying everything - i think two lens maximum.
  • All tips, thoughts, experiences or suggested photo projects welcome. 

Going in a week for four nights - hopefully it will be amazing. Think I am more excited than my 7 year old daughter and wife!

Adam

ps for any interested we are going to Luosto.

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