Wednesday, 8th December 2010
by Marc Adamus
This Aurora show was captured in the northern Ogilvie Mountains, Yukon Territory, Canada in late October. The temperature this especially cold night was in the -10's and the rivers were freezing, leaving streaks behind as chunks of ice floated by and emitting a faint mist (which wreaks havoc on ones lens at -15F) that added to the scene.
The photograph is a blend of three exposures for the depth of field needed at f/2.8 and one additional exposure for the sky. The landscape exposures were all at 20 seconds and the sky was taken at 10 seconds, about as long as you can get away with if you want to record some of the textures and details in the ever-shifting lights.
I photographed the scene for about four hours, marveling at the displays. I can tell you honestly no photograph you will ever see or take of the lights captures one tenth of their beauty, but this was my best attempt in the few chances I've had.
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon 14-24 with V3 adapter
I am a professional landscape photographer based in the Northwest US. My love in life is wilderness. I enjoy having the opportunity to bring my experiences in nature to you through my photography.