Have you ever decided to stay up all night to see the aurora borealis and then fallen asleep, only to kick yourself the next morning because you missed it? Just imagine setting all your camera gear up and then dozing off before you’ve even seen the results.
Well, that’s what happened to amateur photographer Karen Munro but she didn’t just take one photo, luckily she started a time-lapse going on her camera before she slept and it spent the rest of the night merrily capturing the whole amazing aurora show while she snoozed:
Karen lives near Thurso in the very north of Scotland and started her photography passion by taking wildlife images before falling in love with the night sky, especially the Northern Lights. She is a keen observer of aurora and has travelled to Iceland previously to see them however when Karen captured this time-lapse she was feeling poorly so set up her camera in the living room and went to bed. Karen told us:
“The display was between 3-4am. Normally I would have tried to go out to watch/photograph the aurora, but that night I felt poorly due to sinusitis and wanted to sleep. So I set the canon 7D mkII and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens up in my living room and went to bed.
Surprise was my reaction the next day, as I hadnt quite expected it to be such a good display. I had set the camera up for my own curiosity, nothing else. I didnt think it would be viewed by almost 200,000 people on Facebook alone.”
We think Karen did a wonderful job and can’t wait to see what she captures while chasing killer whales and the Northern Lights in Norway later this year.
We’ve had some lovely displays of aurora borealis in Scotland lately, only last week Sam Cornwell captured this image in the Scottish Borders and we appear to be in a peak of activity with alerts sent out regularly on Twitter by AuroraWatch UK and Aurora_Alerts. Keep your eyes and cameras looking North on clear nights, especially if you’re in a dark area, and you may well see the aurora too.
Many thanks to Karen Munro for sharing your images and your experience with us.