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Northern Lights Photography - a company with a small environmental footprint & a different voice

About:My name is Fredrik Broms and I live on the island Kvaløya outside Tromsø in Northern Norway where I run my own business company “Northern Lights Photography” as a wildlife photographer. My profession is as a Marine Biologist and I currently work on two  research projects 1) The Ecology and Migration Patterns of Eastern North Atlantic Humpback Whales and 2) Nudibranch Distribution in the Tromsø-area (NUDIST).

I have been drawn to the far north for as long as I can remember, and I secretly dream of living alone in a lighthouse or in a small wooden hut on some remote Arctic island surrounded by nothing else than the howling wind and the silent black-and-white world of the Arctic pack-ice (and just perhaps, also some strong black coffee, lots of books and lots of nice music).

Originally from Sweden, two of my biggest interests (marine biology and astronomy) took me to Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic where I lived for some years. After having completed my degree in Marine Biology, I decided to move to Northern Norway for good and I  have now lived outside Tromsø for the past 17 years and with its superb conditions for wildlife photography and marine biology I am not likely to move anywhere else in a hurry (although, admittedly, both the quality of the coffee and the environmental policy here in Norway leave a great deal to be desired).

Being a creature of autumn and winter, I never stop marvelling at the magic of the polar darkness, a period that is very far from being just dark. In summer, I hide (although I do like ice-cream and spending time with frogs and other nice creatures), but when the stars finally return after the midnight sun period and the air finally becomes cold and crisp, that`s when I really begin to breathe again.

Awards: In 2010 and 2013 I was awarded 3nd and 2rd place in the prestigious photo competition “Astronomy Photographer of the Year”. I have also been top-ranked in the international photo-contest by TWAN both in 2009 and 2013 and several of my photos have been selected by NASA to the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). My photos have also received first price in several national photo contests and appear in many well respected magazines. My first fully-fledged international photo exhibition saw its first light in Ottawa, Canada in 2013. I have not submitted images to photo competitions since 2013.

Our documentary on northern lights (see below) recently won several high awards at the Film Art & Tourism Festival in Portugal including "BEST Script and Screenplay and also recently received major awards at the FilmAT festival in Warszawa, Poland, the Tourfilm festival in the Czech Republic, the Nice International Film Festival and at the Madrid International Film Festival.

Books: In 2013, I published my first book; a 120-pages popular science hard-cover book "Northern Lights - A Guide" that I wrote together with solar physicist Dr. Pål Brekke. The book is currently available in Norwegian and English and is the most complete and updated popular science guide to the northern lights currently available. In 2016, the book was also published in Japanese in Japan.

Films: In 2014, I released a 25-minute long documentary "The Northern Lights - A Magic Experience", co-produced together with P. Brekke. By using pedagogic top-quality animations and spectacular solar imagery from NASA satellites it tells the full story of northern lights from myth to modern science and includes tips about how to take your own aurora photos. An extended version of the documentary was released on DVD in 2015 (available in 8 different languages) and as a USB Business Card version with Full HD quality in 2017. The trailer can be viewed on the link above.

General Policy/Information: All photos on this site are taken by me in the wild in a Nordic country unless otherwise stated. I keep a respectable distance to animals at all times and I do not use baiting or any other means to change the natural behaviour of animals. The exception are many of the marine invertebrate photos where I often use a "catch-and-release" method. Unlike most wildlife photographers I travel very little and instead focus on the wildlife in the immediate closeness to my home. I try to use as environmentally friendly methods and materials as possible in all steps of my work and I use a bicycle as my main means for transportation. The vast majority of all my photos are shot within 50 km from my house, including the photos taken at sea.

Note: The photos on display in the galleries only represent a small selection of my image bank and if you are looking for other photos, please don't hesitate to contact me - the chances are high that I have the photos you are looking for even if it is not displayed in any of the galleries, especially when it comes to flora and fauna photos. All photos on the webpage are heavily reduced in size. Contact me for high-resolution versions or other options.

Equipment: I use Nikon equipment. I currently switch between the speedy D4s and D3 and the high-resolution and high dynamic range D800 depending on the situation. Lenses include AF-S Nikkor 14-24 mm, 20 mm, 28 mm, 50 mm, 70-200 mm, 105 mm (macro), 180 mm and 300 mm and the TC 1,7x and 2,0x converters. My first generation Mamiya 645 using medium-format film is also still sometimes in use. For astro-photography I often use an AstroTrac tracking platform.

Social Media: I am not to be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media. This obviously limits the number of people and customers that I am able to reach dramatically but I have chosen to live a bit "behind my time", without a television or a driving licence and live in an old wooden house between the mountains and the sea with the office only using firewood for heating.

Some selected customers include e.g.: Nikon Pro Magazine, National Geographic Society, R/V Kronprins Haakon, The Nansen Legacy; Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Hurtigruten, NRK, SVT, Tromsø University, Thon Hotels, Rica Hotels, Norwegian Spacecentre, Cappelen Damm, Svalbard Reiseliv, Sveriges Naturskyddsförening, Holmenkollen Ski Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Macrocosme, Visit Sweden, Astronomi, Populär Astronomi, Astronomy Now, and Gyldendal Publisher among many others.

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