There’s nothing quite as magical as seeing a bright green and pink Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky. One of the world’s most dazzling natural light displays, the Aurora is produced when charged particles from solar winds encounter our atmosphere, penetrating the Earth’s magnetic field, exciting Oxygen and Nitrogen to produce green and pink Auroras, respectively. It’s just wicked awesome science. One of the best things about Aurora photography is that it’s always changing; there’s always a new dance to capture, and plenty of foregrounds to shoot from. My wife and I have been Aurora chasing for a few years now, and have captured her in Norway, Iceland, and New England. Along the way, we’ve picked up a few tricks, and gotten some practice in taking astrophotography in between.
We’ve spent the past two years raising our little girl, Lily, so we haven’t been traveling internationally. This fall, we’ll be out chasing again (with a junior explorer), so I’ve been brushing up on my skills including my skills at developing these photos, which I’ve updated.
Zeiss 15mm, f/2.8, 13s, ISO 1600