Visibility IV / V
A cloudless sky and a small chance of northern lights promised for Friday night. When the weekend was right in front, it was a must to go on a repo yacht. Confusions were not avoided this time either. The departure to the scene stretched to the dark side. A no-parking sign and a sign from the new starting point had appeared at the familiar starting point of the Akkovaara route. It was found after a little searching and driving. Backpack on the back and camera on the neck. Groping along the path, it occurred to me that it was a good idea to go hiking in the dark on an unknown route. However, in the light of the headlamp, the path was relatively easy to follow, the route when well marked in the terrain. I was still in the woods when repos appeared to rock in the sky. At the border of the seedling, the camera already had to be tuned to a tripod. There struck the next delusion. The nose of the camera had a different lens than normal. During the day, such an excellent Sigma 24-70 A, together with a mirrorless camera, proved difficult to focus on. In the dark, when you change the position of the camera, your hand touches that stepless focus ring and the best sharpness is gone. Because of this, probably 3/4 of the pictures went straight to the trash. The focus should have been done in daylight and taped.
Well, finally I got to the top of Akkovaara. To my surprise, I noticed that there were other northern lights scouts filming with their cameras. For once, there was a chat club. While searching for the location, I noticed that the ancient tripod with video head was not suitable for shooting on uneven rock formations. Adjusting was just as painful. The better stand broke some time ago and for some reason I had delayed getting a new one. The purchase decision for the new stand was made after only a few hives.
When I finally got to shoot, the best phase of the repos already seemed to have subsided. If they were to be described in any way, then they were intensely faint. Strong in the sense that the arc of northern lights rose and remained above the head throughout the shooting session. The appearance of the repos, on the other hand, remained weak. Greenish gauze and at times a little more active belt and at best only a little color included.
However, the resilience of the tournament was so poor that when the others left the campfire to wait for the repos to come again, I went home with my eyes crossed under the blanket. But the goal was achieved and the Repo Season opened !! And dark school scholarships paid (once again) :)