Aurora Fire in the Forest



We had another G1 storm and it seemed to start just over the tops of the trees. As the night went on the colour started to change to a deep Red and then to a l...
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We had another G1 storm and it seemed to start just over the tops of the trees. As the night went on the colour started to change to a deep Red and then to a light pink. The colours lasted for about 2 hours and slowly faded out to just Green.
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kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman April 01, 2015
I love it..k
leitins
 
leitins April 20, 2018
Beautiful shot

Behind The Lens

Location
I work at a place we call the Aurora Station . Its about 24 klm outside of Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada. The sky is dark with no city light so it's a great place to capture the Aurora. It's a large building we take guest to take pictures of the Aurora and sometime we have wolves, links, bear and foxes come through for a visit.
Time
We had a few guest out at the Aurora Station but not much Happening for Aurora. Then just around 2am the Aurora hit with a G1 storm. The Sky was fully involved with the Aurora. Needles to say the guest had a great show. Most of the time the Aurora is the best after midnight until 4 in the morning. Since we get dark around 3:30 in the afternoon in the winter. The aurora can start then and last all night.
Lighting
The sky was clear and the air cold with snow on the ground. if shooting with a full moon make sure your shadow isn't in the picture. With Aurora it doesn't matter what kind of lighting but it's always better to be at a dark site. Sometimes the Aurora is week and light pollution will make it hard to capture.
Equipment
Canon Rebel SXI with a Tokina wide angle lens 11-16 F2.8 and tripod with a shutter release
Inspiration
The sky had been clear most of the night and when this storm hit the hole sky was on fire. It had been a long time since we had a good storm like this and I was not going to miss it. When you get a storm like this it's one of the most beautiful things to see and it's free. All you have to do is look up. When you get a Aurora storm thats when most of the colours come out plus the camera picks up so much more then the eye can see. Sometimes you see no colour but green then when you look at the picture you took and see Red, Greens, Blues, plus pink.
Editing
NO
In my camera bag
I have a Canon 6D with telephoto lens and a wide angle with another small lens one Rokinon 2.8/14 Canon zoom lens 75-300 Canon 50mm Canon EOS 6D
Feedback
Just take your time and take lots of picture also just enjoy being outside at night under the stars and Aurora. Sometimes you just forget to press the button. I set the camera on a tripod and use 1600 ISO at 2.8 with the wide angle lens set at infinity. Just remember to turn the focus back a very, very small bit from infinity and use a cable or electronic shutter release.

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