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.

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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.

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Dance little lights, dance.
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The beauty of Alaska will always keep me in awe.
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It’s always nice when the sky smiles back at you.
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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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