The Northern lights.

with recent talk about the northern lights on the Inis Owen peninsula in Donegal in mind I thought I would post a picture of the Aurora Borealis as seen last week by myself and a bunch of very giddy friends up in the Western Fjords of Iceland.  It was a spectacular display, full of different colours and it danced and waved across the sky for over 2 hours.  The moon even played a minor role too.  A night to remember!


About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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19 Responses to The Northern lights.

  1. Yiannitsa Cegarra says:

    You’re back!
    This is amazing, I have been checking my aurora app and noticed that Iceland is pretty much under it all the time. Can’t wait to hear and see all about it!

  2. Fantastic picture, in they eyes of the beholder. I myself come from Iceland, so you could say this was daily bread for a local inhabitant like me. But I like your earlier pictures from Iceland, keep up the good work.

  3. primaepoi says:

    Your pic is so beautiful that I’m stuck to admire it !

  4. marilynjane says:

    Wonderful, lucky you and you had plenty of time to get a good shot!

  5. Yowza! What a stunning shot!

  6. oweneightysix says:


  7. Kasia says:


  8. Gorgeous image Brian! Would you believe the northern lights were actually visible as far south as north county Dublin earlier this week. They were nothing like this but strong enough considering how far away it is.

  9. Sandra says:

    Gorgeous capture!

  10. Jane Lurie says:

    Wow! What a thrill. Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous moment!

  11. Stunning Stunning,Stunning, A magic photo, I just love it. Isn’t nature a wonderful thing.
    Cheers Callie

  12. Cheryl says:

    OMG what a fantastic capture … a once in a life time moment. You certainly made the most of it and I’m so pleased to hear that you and your friends were giddy in the viewing. I have a vision of it framed and hanging on a prominent wall.

  13. MikeP says:

    Brian… this is too good… would love to have been there. I will just live through your fantastic catch. By the way how cold was it???

  14. Huffygirl says:

    Spectacular! Does this happen all the time in Ireland? The few times I’ve seen northern lights, it’s been a barely visible shimmer in the night sky.

  15. Charissa says:

    This picture is so beautiful. I’m hoping to go to Iceland in March. If I get to see something even half this spectacular, I’ll be happy.

  16. mbeephoto says:

    Supercool!!! Just love watching pics of northen lights, hoping that some day I’ll take one myself!

  17. Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list! Amazing!

  18. faisca2014 says:

    Reblogged this on Faisca2014's Blog and commented:
    I’m from Zweden and in the north in Lappland you can see this,but I’ve never seen for real. Fantastic

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