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Posts Tagged ‘northern lights’

April 20th, 2015

Behind The Shot: “Bouldering under the Northern Lights” By Alex Conu—Lofoten, Norway

Posted By Kristan Ashworth
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It all started around 25 years ago. I was six, and I was reading a book about beautiful things happening in the sky. Things like comets, meteors and northern lights. The book had only some drawings of the aurora; no photos. But I was totally fascinated by the undulating curtains of light above an igloo. …
July 25th, 2014

Behind The Shot: “Homo Borealis” by Mark Alberhasky – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Long exposure of man in Jökulsárlón, Iceland against backdrop of northern lights and aurora
I became interested in photographing the northern lights during December of 2013 after reading an article and seeing some wonderful images. I began doing research and found the prospect of seeing the aurora was both location and season dependent. While many U.S. photographers choose Alaska as their destination, I discovered that Iceland was a viable …
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 2nd, 2011


Posted By Kevin Schafer
Midnight on the Taiga
Last evening began with very high expectations : the forecast was for clear skies, and the aurora predictions were for another busy night. And when the first lights appeared early – about 8 pm – we settled in for what we thought would be a long, busy night. Then began what can only be called …
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 …
July 9th, 2010

Waiting for the Sky

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis, Alaska 2003
Midsummer may seem an odd time to be talking about the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, since it is almost never dark now in the high latitudes where the lights are most active. (Then again, now’s the perfect time in Antarctica..) But now may be a good time to think about next winter, when aurora …