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Wokkpash Aurora Borealis

Wokkpash Aurora Borealis
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-25
Categories: Mountain
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5
Exposure: f/4
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AURORA (Polar Lights) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-09 12:02
Viewed: 4015
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ah where to start...
This is where we spent our first of 6 nights backpacking along what is known as the "Wokkpash Loop", which is a 70km route that follows the Wokkpash creek up to Wokkpash Lake, then traverses up through a lovely alpine valley, then descends to take the MacDonald creek drainage back within a few miles of where we began.
Our first night found us camped along the gravel banks of Wokkpash creek with northern lights dancing over our heads. The full moon was out as well, so the display would have been much better if not for that (the moonlight was quite brigt as you can see) but either way it was quite a magnificant night.

40 second time exposure at ISO 200 and F4.

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To Evelynn: Aurora ShotBillyGoat 1 09-09 14:24
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Hi Billy,
For as long as I've been living in the Pacific Northwest and the times I've travelled up North, I have not yet witnessed this incredible natural occuring event. Hopefully soon though. In the meantime I think you have done a fantastic job capturing this with your camera. Well done. :)

Was it by luck or by good old solar, I do not know, yet these have eluded me by clouds and ground fogs or perhaps full moons. I have seen perhaps two which were both multicolored. Any picture of an ethereal Aurora is worth a post. It is akin to finding new species for a bug-ologist..(mis word applied). Fine trek my friend N of the border.

This is great Tim. You're getting to be quite a pro. How did you know to use 40 sec... trial and error?? So is that the Big Dipper also? Super!

Evelynn : )

Bonjour Tim,splendid shot de cette aurore boréale.J'espère avoir la chance d'en voir de mes propres yeux.Bravo,c'est magnifique

Saw the aurora once myself in N Sweden, but no camers with such timed exposure nor tripod at that time. Next time I'll know whereabouts to start exposure-wise. Thanks.

Hello Tim,
This is an impressive capture! I have seen this phenomenon only twice in my life and every time I was mystified. This is beautiful! Those colors, stars, POV, composition with this tent right and the fire camp are perfect! Congratulations!

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-09-09 16:12]

Beautiful shot, good colours and sharpness. Well done. Regards! Carme.

really nice capture of this natural phenomenon, the POV was superb with clear sky in background, TFS

This is amazing. The exposure worked just perfect in my opinion. I think this type of scene is something myself and other would never tire of seeing.
Thanks for sharing this.

I'm so jealous...what a wonderful campsite - what a wonderful experience. Lovely shot!!!
We're glad you're back! :)

Hello Tim,
This excelent photo that I have regocnized an Aurora.
Thanks for Sharing.

Hi Tim,
WOW, this is just awesome to capture and to experience. This is one of those I whish moments. Love the impressive settings you used to captured the natural wonderful. It gave perfect colors and light in the sky without getting a over powered FG.

AH! Que c'est beau une aurore boréal, tu a ssus saisir la beauté et le cel étoilé.

What a beautiful phenomena to capture Tim! Love the milky colors that make up this composition! I really love the light!


Wow, this photo has so much mood. It makes you want to be there. It just seems so peaceful and remote. What I like about your photo's is that it seems like you haven't altered them one bit with photo editing programs, and yet they are still just as brilliant as the ones that have been altered. Keep up the great work!


Hi Tim
Wow, you chose a great night to view the night sky including the Northern Lights. Wall to wall stars, I missed the Northern Lights that night, it was probably cloudy here. This is crystal clear and sharp. You've captured the soft green colour of the NL sow well.
TFS Janice

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