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Shooting With Soul: Exercise 26 – A Message From The Universe

Exercise 26: A Message From The Universe

It’s 12:15am here in Stockholm on this Wednesday morning and right now, exactly now, if you go outside you will actually see the Northern Lights! Yep. The one and only Aurora Borealis!!

L and I had only gotten home about 90 minutes ago to see messages all over Facebook about people in the city being able to see the lights. At first I thought I had missed them but then I turned off all of our lights, went out onto our balcony and waited for my eyes to adjust. At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, kind of like how they need to adjust after coming inside from a really sunny day… you’re not really seeing things properly… but then I started to actually see what I thought were clouds… and they were dancing! I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I ran back inside to tell L that I could actually see them so he opened the skylight in our bedroom and there they were. Immediately I grabbed the camera and dashed out onto the balcony to record this momentous occasion, but it’s 0°celsius right now and I couldn’t keep the camera still enough to get a decent shot. There was only one solution. My tripod. Which I rarely use. It came into it’s own, tonight.

So there I was, for an hour, standing on the balcony with my wide angle lens wide open at about 6 seconds… clicking away… forgetting that all I had on was socks, pyjama pants and a hoodie. My fingers started to go numb and I couldn’t feel my feet but I couldn’t drag myself away, I had to see more. And more.

Seeing the Northern Lights has been on my Bucket List forever, now… and I didn’t think I’d ever get to see them at all. L had talked about how he had seen them in Sundsvall one time and then last year, I remember London being able to see them. I never imagined that I wouldn’t have to travel to the Arctic Circle to do it, because as everyone knows, I despise the cold. LOL… so it’s just incredible that tonight, the universe has given me a sign. I’m sure the neighbours were thinking how crazy I must be… I just kept repeating “Wowwww” to myself as I stood there in awe.

Recently, L and I have been talking a lot about our future and what it holds and last year I took the decision to stop waiting. Stop waiting for things to happen and start doing things as though we aren’t waiting for something else. And tonight, the reason we weren’t in Stockholm was because we were in a meeting about our future… obviously I can’t reveal much at this point because it’s only the early stages… but it could be something amazing and it could tick something else off of my bucket list if we choose to go ahead.

It feels like tonight has given me a sign that the decision to stop waiting was the right one. We’re going to take hold of things head on and take our future into our own hands… we’re not waiting anymore. We’ve been dreaming for so long about doing something we might never get another chance in life to do, and after seeing this, I feel like it might be time to make that happen.

What a magical and incredible night.

Canon 5DMKII. Canon 17 – 40mm f/4.0 @ f/4.0, 17mm, ISO 1600, 1/6400 8″


Canon 5DMKII. Canon 17 – 40mm f/4.0 @ f/4.0, 17mm, ISO 1600, 1/6400 8″


Canon 5DMKII. Canon 17 – 40mm f/4.0 @ f/4.0, 17mm, ISO 1600, 1/6400 6″


Canon 5DMKII. Canon 17 – 40mm f/4.0 @ f/4.0, 17mm, ISO 1600, 1/6400 6″


Canon 5DMKII. Canon 17 – 40mm f/4.0 @ f/4.0, 17mm, ISO 1600, 1/6400 6″


In the summer of 2014 my Husband and I decided to take a road trip down to the south of France from Sweden to soak up some sun, and as I was deciding which books to take, I picked up my copy of Alessandra Cave‘s gem, Shooting With Soul. I ended up completing a good number of the exercises in the book but instead of doing them in order, like the book suggests, I chose to complete them whenever I felt the opportunity presented itself during that time. I also used whatever I had available in terms of gear, which was not a lot and many times presented a really limiting challenge. I did not, and could not, complete all of the projects in the book on the trip, so I shall continue them now that we’re back home in Sweden. This image was completed at home. 


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