This image was taken in Skagsanden beach is—my favorite location in the Lofoten Islands—with one of my Lofoten workshop groups earlier this year. The Northern Lights were dancing wildly all over the sky, and I arrived at the beach after having shot another location earlier that night.
This time around, I decided to try and shoot the Aurora with this beautiful stream and its black & white sand patterns in the foreground. Luckily, the lights were reflecting on the stream, emphasizing those patterns.
To get the whole scene in the frame, I used the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L, one of my favorite lenses. Even though the lens is only an F4, the Aurora was very bright and there was some moonlight as well, both of which gave me enough light for a decent exposure.
The final image above was focus stacked from two shots, both taken at 11mm and F4, with my Canon 5D Mark IV set to 8 seconds and ISO3200.
Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez’s work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates.