Nature's Canvas In The Northern Sky
There was something so incredibly beautiful about the Northern Lights, I was able to almost ignore the effects of the bitter cold. My adrenaline was driving me to stay focused on capturing the moment - swapping batteries again and again just to milk a few last shots. All in the hopes to come away with captures like this!
This 15 second long-exposure image was taken under the glowing pink and green Aurora Borealis from a mountain peak near Chena Hot Springs, near Fairbanks, Alaska.
So one of the things I found very interesting about the Northern Lights is how long-exposure images actually show the color better than the human eye can see. On a few occasions, our guide Dennis, would check the sky with a long-exposure capture just to see if there was any color (usually green). This would tell us if there was any aurora activity versus just some thin clouds. In fact, to the untrained eye, the faint aurora looks just like thin clouds.
Back in the lower 48, I know quite a few people who have the Northern Lights on their bucket list as something they really want to see before they die. With my passion for night photography and cold winter mountains, I knew this wasn’t just a bucket list item, this was something I knew I had to make happen. And besides, I figured all my night-time cold winter adventures would make me at-least somewhat prepared for the brutal temperatures of Alaska’s interior. Nothing however, prepared me for the incredible feeling I got when I actually got to see the Aurora Borealis dancing above. And while it would have been easy to forget about capturing it with my camera when we were lucky enough to see it, I was on a serious mission to bring home some great images. So to be able to share the results with you here, is truly a thrill!
January 23rd, 2013
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