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December 18th, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘Aurora Borealis over Glacier Lagoon’ by Jarrod Castaing – Jökulsárlón Lake, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Bulb long timed exposure of aurora borealis over Jökulsárlón lake along Iceland's south coast colors
Iceland in winter is a photographers dream. The sun rises around 11.30am and only gets high enough for the light to change from pink to gold before setting just 4 hours later. A back-to-back sunrise and sunset. What about the other 20 hours? Well, it’s dark, cold and not a bad time to hunt the … 
June 12th, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘A Night To Remember’ by Arild Heitmann – Skånland, Norway

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Aurora borealis long exposure capture Skånland, Norway
November 14th 2010… I was heading deep into the woods for another nightly adventure… I came down to a river running out of a small frozen lake. My headlamp was living its own life, turning on and off every other second. I must have looked like a walking disco… I managed to get out in … 
March 7th, 2012

Aurora Alert!

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, Canada
A powerful X5 solar flare occurred yesterday and is sending a major ion blast towards the earth. If you live along the northern tier states and have clear skies tonight, and especially tomorrow night, it would be worth looking for a dark clear northern horizon – and bring your camera!  Keep an eye on the … 
March 10th, 2011

Big Night Coming…?

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis, X-Class Solar Flare, 2003
A major “X-class” solar flare exploded on the surface of the sun yesterday, an event which typically results in active and widespread Auroras here on Earth over the next 24-72 hours.  These things are always unpredictable, but weather permitting, the lights should be visible throughout Alaska and possibly as far south as the Canadian border … 
March 4th, 2011

Quite a Week

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Celestial Dance
Last night was our final one at Blachford Lake, and it didn’t disappoint. After a slow beginning at 7:30 pm, the lights really got going 3 hours later with a dramatic burst of activity that had everyone outside and gaping skyward.  I tried getting some broader landscapes like this one to balance the many detail … 
March 3rd, 2011

The Green Tsunami

Posted By Kevin Schafer
The Green Tsunami
Contrary to predictions the sky was largely quiet tonight, filled with lazy green smudges – from 8 pm until after midnight, nothing moved. Then, at about 1 am, the sky exploded with a fast-moving, shimmering display. The motion was so fast, in fact, that it was almost impossible to capture : as soon as you … 
March 1st, 2011

Midnight Magic

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Auroral Loop
The aurora forecasts for Monday night were for “Moderate” activity. In aurora lingo that’s code for a sleepless night that began just after 9 and went on more or less continuously until after 2 am. For hour after hour, the entire sky was filled with swirling bands of light, sometimes bright enough to throw a … 
February 28th, 2011

Green Waves

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Green Waves and Spruce Trees
Auroras are unpredictable creatures.  They can be brash and lively, shimmering and ethereal, or they be gentle and graceful. The latter is what we had last night. We had clear skies, happily, and despite the -25 C. temps. there was little wind, so it was vastly more comfortable being outside than the night before. The … 
February 27th, 2011

Live-Blogging the Aurora

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis and Spruces, NWT
Greetings from the Arctic Circle!  This week my friend Steve Shuey and I (as well as our wives and a dear friend) are outside Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, trying to photograph the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.  The sun has been very active lately, so if weather and wind cooperate, we should have a very good … 
September 23rd, 2010

Denali Highway Aurora 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Denali Highway Aurora 1, Cantwell, Alaska
I just returned from almost 2 weeks in Alaska and had fabulous weather the entire trip. In fact, it was so nice that shooting conditions were less than ideal because there were no clouds in the sky for landscape or wildlife photography. The few times that there were sunrise/sunset clouds were on the days that …