That Green Glow

Last night’s aurora show was pretty amazing. I think I missed the best part because I had a hockey game (which I scored my first goal of the season!) but when I came out of the rink, all I saw was beautiful green ribbons of light swirling in the sky. I immediately ran home and grabbed my camera and headed out to North Douglas, which is a hot spot for aurora photos. I just got a new wide angle lens (Rokinon 14mm f/2.8) a few days ago as was itching to get to use it.

Here is the first photo I took with my new lens… The new whale statue downtown by the bridge… very pretty at night!

But back to our beautiful lady Aurora! I drove out the road to North Douglas and met up with a few friends and started snapping away. This was my first time shooting the lights with anything other than my GoPro, but after a few test shots I got it dialed in. I’m still learning all about the exposure triangle but I feel like a have a good grasp on how iso, shutter speed, and aperture all affect each other. I’ll forever be learning about photography, but I’m really enjoying it so far! Anyways, here are a few shots from the awesome light show last night.

Dance little lights, dance.
The beauty of Alaska will always keep me in awe.
It’s always nice when the sky smiles back at you.
I loved this shot of the Milky Way with a splash of aurora.

I can’t wait for more light show opportunities this winter. It’s supposed to be good tonight too, but I have a bright and early 4AM crew time – last Emerald Princess Tracy! I will certainly miss my time in Tracy and Endicott, and I should have one more Tracy trip before the season is done, but I sure won’t miss those early crew times!

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