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Test shooting polar lights

After getting up at a quarter to four in the morning and traveling all day to Yellowknife, Canada, I was ready for my bed. I had spent more time at various airports than up in the air and it had been a long and tedious day. But I had made it up north in search for the polar lights or aurora borealis. Solar activity was low (Kp = 2) but I was in Yellowknife! And sure enough, shortly after 10 o’clock in the evening there was a faint green glimmer in the evening sky. Tired as I was, I decided to postpone my night’s rest for a little longer. While I was too tired to get really serious about it, I thought some test shots couldn’t hurt: finding the right spot for the shoot, experimenting with different image compositions and camera settings, photographing at -8 °F / -22 °C.

I decided to share this far from perfect test shot above anyways. I took it to see what colors the camera would pick up. I didn’t bother to really focus, but it is amazing how much more than the human eye the camera sees. The aurora was just moving in and only seemed a light greenish glimmer to me. And that the red neon lights of a nearby business illuminated the snow and ice on the lake as well as trees and bushes, I only realized after looking at the photo on my camera display. So I moved my camera, found a bright star to manually focus, and kept on experimenting!

However, my battery ran down fast and shut down at 82% because of the cold. Well, what are extra batteries for? After my fingers also shut down, I decided to call it a day. It was only after I was back indoors, that I realized I was almost completely frozen through. It took a while to get warm again and find some sleep, but what a wonderful start into my aurora adventure!

Happy Easter!

May Easter bring health, peace, and happy new beginnings to you.

Let's welcome spring!

“Are there violets in the sod,
Crocuses beneath the clod?
When will Boreas give us peace?
Or has Winter signed a lease
For another month of frost,
Leaving Spring to pay the cost?
For it seems he still is king,
Though ‘t is Spring.”
—Christopher Pearse Cranch, A Spring Growl, 1878

It is officially spring in the northern hemisphere according to astronomy! The vernal equinox with the length of day and night being nearly equal has arrived. Winter still lingers around somewhat and the nights are still frosty up here. While the tulips are not out yet, higher daytime temperatures have turned snow into rain so that we have some rather muddy spots here and there, but there is a lot more sunshine too. And today is a gorgeous day! Welcome spring and I hope you’re here to stay!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2018!

“May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.”
Irish traditional

Have a sham-rockin’ day! And don’t forget you don’t have to get too deep into that glass in order to drown the shamrock, just remember to throw it (the shamrock, not the glass…) over your left shoulder after the toast… Lá ‘le Pádraig!

Spring Blue Sky, 2018.

“With the expectation of the clear blue sky, (…) suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.”
Pantone Color Institute, 2017

PANTONE 16-4132, one of Pantone’s colors from the “Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette”, is almost as beautiful as the real thing: a wonderful clear blue spring sky. When you lift your eyes up there into the sky, you see that there is not only one kind of Blue but a multitude of different shades. So get out there and enjoy spring!