I just had to throw out this one from yesterday. The aurora was extremely colourful, despite actually being quite weak. A 30 sec exposure @ iso 1600 brought out the purple tones brilliantly. It was completely dark so i had to blend in a 220 sec iso 800 exposure for the surroundings.
A shot from early this month...and as always..please view large
After struggling through kneedeep fresh snow for quite some time i reached this partially open river. This was a particular composition i had been trying to shoot for several months, but the conditions have never been the way i`ve visioned it in my head. This time everything fell into place...
After shooting this one i struggled for another hour to get to another previsualized spot, just to find out it was useless...So i went back to this spot, followed the river downstream and witnessed an intense aurorashow. Managed to get a good one of the show...
I`ve also put up a blog. Something i never thought i would do, but i figured it would be a practical place to post longer stories and info about my photographic expeditions. Feel free to visit: [link]
Have a wonderful day all you great shooters!
Exif: canon 5d & 17-40mmL 80 sec (covered the sky for the majority of the exposure) f4 17mm iso 1600
Water freezes to the edge of this northern lake. Then the water level falls, causing the ice to be suspended in air. The cycle repeats, leaving the icicles hanging and fragile.
I cannot touch the ice or my photo will fracture. Like a cat, I sneak out on all fours, balancing on needle rocks that puncture my jacket. Elbows cut, down feathers escape from my sleeves.
The aurora starts as a single jade beam in the north, hanging across the sky, immobile, alien.
The beam, as a conductor, commands stillness. Slowly, it separates into two - the conductor raises his arms. He taps the podium - a shudder, a ripple traces the beam and my spine.
Two more beams now. Texture forms as a constant undulation with the conductor’s building movements.
Then, abruptly, the Maestro throws his arms wide and the beam explodes, covering the sky. Greens writhe and coil; purple licks the edges. Whirlpools tumble overhead. The souls of the mountain gods flame on the horizon.
The aurora fractures as diamonds through breeze-blown tears. I am sad I cannot see the whole sky at once.
Technique: To shoot the foreground in this low light, I took eleven 30 second exposures @ 2.8 iso 1000, all focused at different points to achieve full depth. Then I shot the sky at 6 seconds at iso 4000. I shot the sky faster to retain texture in the aurora.