Aurora Borealis – Queen of the Night Sky by Felix Inden

Our feature for today is a phenomenon called Aurora Borealis. A splendid light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the Sun and Earth’s gases such as Oxygen and Nitrogen. Did you know that there are two names for Aurora – Aurora Borealis (Northern Hemisphere) and Aurora Australis (Southern Hemisphere)? Read on and enjoy these sky arts!

Since many years, I was interested in this phenomenon called Aurora Borealis. I had seen it in movies and documentaries, but before I started doing landscape photography I never realized that I could actually just fly up North above the Arctic circle and go hunting my own images of it. Things came together and suddenly I was there standing in a freezing cold at Lofoten Islands, Norway and the Northern lights made their first appearance for me. Since then I have returned many times, chasing the elusive lights – the queen of the night sky. The title came to my mind while photographing these images- there is nothing more majestic for me.

– Felix Inden

Heimdalls-anger-by-Felix-Inden

This project is far from being complete – it is too difficult to capture the images as pre-visualized and I have too much fun while chasing them. The images shown in this collection were taken in between of October 2013 and January 2015. I am sure, that I will go on with capturing more of it as long as I can.

– Felix Inden

Ablaze-by-Felix-Inden

And-she-danced-by-Felix-Inden

Only a very small percentage of humanity can see these lights for themselves. Northern Scandinavia is expensive and so is the gear and equipment needed to go photographing the Northern lights. Another barrier for many is caused by the cold weather and often harsh circumstances that go along with the Northern winter. Besides saving these memories for myself, I also like the idea of letting people see the Aurora, those who will never be able to see them in person. At the moment we have high solar activity, but soon enough the sun won’t be so active anymore, calming down year after year until we proceed to the next solar maximum. Reason enough to keep some memories for all of us.

– Felix Inden

Cosmic-reflection-by-Felix-Inden

These images were captured either with a Nikon D800 or D810, paired with the Nikkor 14-24 2.8 and Gitzo Tripods. In order to balance sceneries with light pollution I often use my Formatt Hitech Firecrest reverse gradient filters on filterholders by Lucroit. All my images get developed in Adobe Camera Raw and then processed in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. I try to process the images in order to represent the scenery the closest to how it looks with my own eyes while photographing them.

– Felix Inden

Celestial-delivery-by-Felix-Inden

During the last years I developed a deep passion for the landscapes of Northern Scandinavia. The rugged shapes of the landscape and the intense weather of the North is my favourite playground.
– Felix Inden

Living-with-Mrs.-Aurora-by-Felix-Inden

ABOUT FELIX INDEN

Felix Inden is a Photographer from Cologne, Germany. His focus are landscapes, cityscapes and architectural photographs. He is always looking for a new angle while following the passion to express emotions in his photographs. In a world of visual oversaturation, his goal is to let his imagery speak in its own language. During the last years he developed a deep passion for the landscapes of Northern Scandinavia. See more of his artworks in Behance and his website. You can also follow him on Instagram and Facebook.