How To Make It Through The Night

my dear, if sometime between 12 and 5
you find yourself lost,
do not ever fear.

my dear, dream.
believe in angels who walk the earth
and in stars that warm the sky,
so if you lose yourself ‘tween 12 and 5
you do not ever fear.

my dear you must try—
sort out dark from light
and the monster from the mind,
so if you lose yourself ‘tween 12 and 5,
you do not ever fear.

my dear if sometime between 12 and 5
you find yourself lost,
well into deep dark night you will not disappear.

well i’d walk through the dark with you
and rhyme us up in blue.
i’d pull you up from icy well
i’d fix you good as new.

come home, come home,
you must dream,
you must try,
find your way back.

and my dear, you do not fear.


The Aurora Borealis: One of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed. 

We would leave our warm comfortable cabins every night around midnight in hopes of catching the Lights. Many a times when we left the weather would be windy and stormy, but we soon found out about Lofoten’s crazy microclimates. The weather would switch from hailing snow to clear open skies, where the Northern Lights beamed down upon us. 

Words can’t describe the joy we felt when we finally caught them on camera. A special moment all three of us will share forever. 

Okay so…I was about to go to bed and I almost jumped out the window because I just thought of something: If Apple were to ever make a car…will it still have windows?


Here’s one of the pictures i was most proud of back in the days. I had just got my new Canon EOS 70D and really wanted to get a good night sky shot. I asked a few friends if they wanted to come to the top of the hill with me but it was cold so they stayed indoors. I very nearly stayed in myself, but i still thought i’d give it a shot.

By the time i had got up the hill i started to see a thin layer of mist appearing on my lens, and it started rolling over the flat fields below as well. I was so lucky to capture this without having any knowledge of taking proper night sky shots either. All I knew was to expose for 30 seconds at a medium/high iso and focus on infinity. I exposed for too long, as you can see the star trails and the focus wasn’t quite perfect either but i was the happiest man alive when i got home and processed these. It was unlike anything i had ever seen or taken before where i live. The mist just creeping into view was something i had never seen since it was always so dark. About 5 minutes after this shot my lens had fogged up (i was lucky to have been smart enough not to stick around as i might have damaged it). I experimented with a few foggy lens shots but they were all shite.

The above one was my original edit and the bottom one is my current edit using a slightly modified preset i have created from scratch and tweaked over the years. I definitely prefer the original shot (especially since i spent a lot more time on it) but it’s still interesting to see how i prefer to work with less blacks and colours in my shots these days.