arrow-downarrow-leftarrow-rightarrow-upchevron-upchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-upcloseemail-newgallerygridheadphones-newheart-filledheart-openmap-geolocatormap-pushpinminusng-borderpauseplayplusreplayscreenArtboard 1speakerstar-filledstar-openzoom-in-newzoom-out-newArchivesYour Story: Mia StålnackeIn our Your Story feature, we ask our members about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their pictures.Q. What’s the story behind this photo?A. I live in subarctic Kiruna, Sweden, far above the arctic circle. Winter up here can get brutally cold but the cold makes everything so much more beautiful.
On this night it was around -20°C and there was hazy thin clouds in the night sky. As the night sky photographer I am, I knew this is perfect conditions for halos and pillars to form so I went out to check.

I was stunned by what I saw. The brightest, most amazing light pillars I’ve ever seen! They surrounded me and appeared to bend above me. Simply breathtaking. So I decided to shoot a huge 360° panorama and this image is part of that.

Q. How was this image made?A. I shot this with a Sony a7s and a Samyang 20mm f/1.8 lens mounted on a tripod. I did a big panorama and this is a few panels of that. It’s shot at ISO640, each exposure at 1.6 seconds.
Q. What do you think about when you’re photographing?A. My favorite subject to photograph is the night sky, which is all consuming! Especially up here where the magnificent northern lights often fill the sky. So I try not to think too much at all, I always try to live in the moment and capture what my eyes are seeing as well as I possibly can.
Q. What was the first photo you took? Or the first photo you took that was meaningful to you?A. I was on a family trip to southern Sweden to visit my brother when I was 13 or so. We decided to take a cruise over to Denmark for the day. I was the only child in our group and there was not much for me to do on the ship, but I had a little film camera.
I decided to head out on deck, alone.

The first thing I saw, was the bright moon setting over the ocean and I was blown away. I used almost an entire roll of film shooting nothing but that.
Q. What do you want to say with your images?A. I want to show the grandeur of the night sky, inspire people to go outside and look up.
I fear that we’re losing touch with that, we fill our cities with artificial lights to the point where stars become invisible. It’s so important to get that perspective, looking into the universe and realizing how tiny we are, spinning around on this little blue marble all alone. There’s nowhere else to go if we destroy it.

Q. Whose photography has influenced you the most?A. I love the work of Your Shot Photographer Jiawei L.See more photographs by Mia Stålnacke on Your Shot. Your Story: Mia StålnackeIn our Your Story feature, we ask our members about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their pictures.Q. What’s the story behind this photo?A. I live in subarctic Kiruna, Sweden, far above the arctic circle. Winter up here can get brutally cold but the cold makes everything so much more beautiful.
On this night it was around -20°C and there was hazy thin clouds in the night sky. As the night sky photographer I am, I knew this is perfect conditions for halos and pillars to form so I went out to check.

I was stunned by what I saw. The brightest, most amazing light pillars I’ve ever seen! They surrounded me and appeared to bend above me. Simply breathtaking. So I decided to shoot a huge 360° panorama and this image is part of that.

Q. How was this image made?A. I shot this with a Sony a7s and a Samyang 20mm f/1.8 lens mounted on a tripod. I did a big panorama and this is a few panels of that. It’s shot at ISO640, each exposure at 1.6 seconds.
Q. What do you think about when you’re photographing?A. My favorite subject to photograph is the night sky, which is all consuming! Especially up here where the magnificent northern lights often fill the sky. So I try not to think too much at all, I always try to live in the moment and capture what my eyes are seeing as well as I possibly can.
Q. What was the first photo you took? Or the first photo you took that was meaningful to you?A. I was on a family trip to southern Sweden to visit my brother when I was 13 or so. We decided to take a cruise over to Denmark for the day. I was the only child in our group and there was not much for me to do on the ship, but I had a little film camera.
I decided to head out on deck, alone.

The first thing I saw, was the bright moon setting over the ocean and I was blown away. I used almost an entire roll of film shooting nothing but that.
Q. What do you want to say with your images?A. I want to show the grandeur of the night sky, inspire people to go outside and look up.
I fear that we’re losing touch with that, we fill our cities with artificial lights to the point where stars become invisible. It’s so important to get that perspective, looking into the universe and realizing how tiny we are, spinning around on this little blue marble all alone. There’s nowhere else to go if we destroy it.

Q. Whose photography has influenced you the most?A. I love the work of Your Shot Photographer Jiawei L.See more photographs by Mia Stålnacke on Your Shot. 3 weeks agoApril 9, 2019Permalink

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