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Aurora borealis, Alaska

Aurora borealis, Alaska
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Copyright: David Shaw (wildimagination) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 61] (435)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-04
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EFS 18-85 IS
Exposure: f/4, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Our world at night., AURORA (Polar Lights) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 22:27
Viewed: 9821
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I made this photo of the aurora late the other evening when I was camping in the White Mountains north of Fairbanks. This is actually the first time I've made a decent image of the aurora. Though I've watched the aurora many times my camera was elsewhere or else it was just too late to build up the enthusiasm to go out and make photos. This color is the most common though it can be purple, red, and white or some combination of them all. Let me know your thoughts.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-08 22:30]

Hello David

Very nice image of the northern lights.I really like the silhouette of the pine trees against it.Very nice composition.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-08 22:46]

Hello David,
Absolutely beautiful. : )
It is my dream to one day see the aurora borealis with my own eyes.
In the meantime, I sure appreciate this fantastic image that shows the amazing lights against the silhouetted trees.
TFS. : )

Hello Davis
I am like Manyee. Someday, I hope to see this site myself. Until them, please keep showing us phenomenal pictures like this and your rainbow posts. They are very special.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-09-08 23:05]


I tried a few times to capture this,..... well done..


it is very intresting foto and very nice color

I have heard of the aurora, but here 'down under' in New Zealand I have neve seen one. Is this coloour natural? I would love to see one.
Great shot, especially with the tree silhouettes showing. TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-09 3:00]

If camping it's a full contact with Nature, with this aurora over your head it must be a sublime experience. You have remembered me Northern exposure. I find this shot so beautiful that seems almost unreal.
Thank for sharing,
José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-09 3:46]

Hi David

WOW! Superb shot!!!
Great timing here! LOvely colors, nice positioning of the trees in the shot, good exposure and a nice overall composition.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi David,
Congratulations for this beautiful and rare capture. This year, is the first one that I haven't see one... Usually, when we go camping in Mont-Tremblant National Park in August, we always see one or two but not this year :( This is beautiful and well done David with the stars all around, you must be proud of this :-) Well done and TFS,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-09 5:46]

Este disparo es magnífico David, me gusta el control que has hecho con la luz... genial. saludos

Wow David, stunning shot!!! great capture, cheers, Luís.

wow very nice picture......!!!!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-09 8:15]

Great shot of this amazing phenomena!
TFS, Ulla

Hi David,
That is an amazing shot! Very cool... ;-} The silhouettes of the trees are just enough to give it a nice composition and sense of depth.
Very nice camera work!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-09-09 10:02]

wow, terrific shot of the interesting phenomenon, david! :-)
amazing green colors and excellently composed with the dark
silhouetted trees against the scarce green light.
well done & take care, thorsten.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-09 11:36]

Hi David

A excellent shot well captured, it must be a incredible thing to see. The composition is lovely with the tops of trees silhouetted.

TFS Hilary :)

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2006-09-09 19:55]

My God, this looks so familiar to you, and I have never seen it in my life! It really is a dream of mine to capture a phenomenon like this. Good work. You made me jealous!!!
Cheers, Geert.

Hi David,
This is till on my list of the see before I die. I love the swirl in the aurora you've captured. Great idea to include the trees in the shot it gives it a kind of scale.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-15 22:15]

Out of this world, David. You did an excellent job composing this with the trees in the bg and the aurora behind. This would be a graet composition had you been working in light, but that seems pretty hard in the dark. So well done Great job on the exposure, too.
I see these a couple time a year, usually from my backyard hot tub. Last year I was so eager to catch one with my new camera, but didn't see one all winter. Thanks for the additional inspiration!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-10-17 21:10]

Hi David,
Excellent Aurora photo.
I love the Green color,your pov,dof,sky details,stars,silhouettes,exposure,framing and composition.Well Done.TFS

Wow. That is really amazing. I lived in Alaska for a year and never really saw an aurora. I guess a long exposure intensifies the color a bit. This is a nicely executed shot. Thanks for sharing it.

Evelynn : )

amazing magical capture, TFS Ori

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