Northern Lights seen over Inverness

The Northern Lights captured near Inverness. Picture: Hemedia/Darren Chisholm
The Northern Lights captured near Inverness. Picture: Hemedia/Darren Chisholm
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THESE stunning pictures captured by an amateur photographer show the Northern Lights shining over the Highland capital.

Aurora hunter Darren Chisholm, 30, snapped the phenomenon in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Northern Lights captured near Inverness. Picture: Hemedia/Darren Chisholm

The Northern Lights captured near Inverness. Picture: Hemedia/Darren Chisholm

The amateur photographer from Inverness is such a fan of the Northern Lights that he has a tattoo on his arm of the aurora and the mountains of Alaska.

He managed to capture the vibrant lights over the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, with the aurora reflected in the waters of the Moray Firth.

Darren yesterday (Tues) said: “We don’t normally see them in August so it was quite lucky that we did and that the pictures came out so well.

“The camera takes in a lot more light than you can really see, a lot of people don’t even know that it’s happening.

The Northern Lights over the Kessock Bridge. Picture: Hemedia/Darren Chisholm

The Northern Lights over the Kessock Bridge. Picture: Hemedia/Darren Chisholm

“We went out to get the aurora and also because of the meteor storm just now, but I didn’t get any good pictures of that.

“I took somewhere between 200 and 300 photos, but only about five or six really show the aurora.”

The pictures were shot using a long exposure in order for the camera’s sensor to detect as much of the light as possible.

Darren and other aurora hunters normally work out when they might be able see the lights by tracking information about activity on the sun’s surface.

He added: “It’s quite unusual to see them so vivid in the summer months because the sun sets much later and it takes a while to get really dark, so I was a bit surprised by how well the colours came out.”

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