As you can see the colors are much more pale for my eyes. Also look at the shed with the tractor, I could see much less details and also the color wasn’t as strong.
Does this take away the magic of northern lights? No, not at all. Lady Aurora is pure magic and such a miracle in the sky with all its mysteries, movements, tales and science.
Photographing auroras exactly as the human eye sees it, is nearly impossible. With the aurora exposed correctly, the surroundings would look much darker than what we see. Eye and camera, two different systems.
Some photos you see, will have extreme colors. That can have different reasons, camera settings and editing style. When people edit their photos, they have their own preferences. Some like to tune the colors down, others tune them up and others don’t edit them at all.
Here an example where I edited the same photo as above much more saturated: