A late night light show

Astral Duck - 2013 © Christopher Martin

A few nights ago, the Northern Lights came out in force and extended brightly above my home in Redwood Meadows just west of Calgary.  We rarely see the Aurora Borealis here, when the lights are out I usually head further west to escape the nearby city glow, but the extraterrestrial storm that night was exceptional.  The Aurora rippled throughout the night, with blues and greens early on and then adding in purples and yellows as the morning approached.

Ghost lights - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Sheets of color - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Northern silhouette - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Color spray - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Purple horizon - 2013 © Christopher Martin

It was a wonderful evening spent in the backyard.

18 responses

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  2. Beautiful – I imagine the sky was constantly changing – I’d be interested to know what kind of exposures you used for these Chris?

    June 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

  3. Hi Christopher,

    I came across your blog while trying to find some other photographers in and around Calgary and to see what every one else around here is shooting. I have absolutely loved your posts on the Northern Lights. Enough to inspire me to sign up for Aurora Watch and keep an eye out for alerts. I got the alert about this particular night but it was overcast in Calgary and thought that I wouldn’t have been able to see anything. Next time, i won’t make that same mistake again!

    Keep up the fantastic work. I am really enjoying your website.


    June 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    • Thank you Nic. I hope you get to enjoy the Northern Lights soon. When there is a red alert I head out whenever I can – they can be amazing, and at this time of year, if they don’t show about you won’t have long to wait for sunrise! Good luck!


      June 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      • Hey Chris, was just going through some photos on my computer that I captured a couple of weeks back from the aurora borealis and thought I’d let you know I had an opportunity and I took it!
        My photos came out nothing like any of yours but I was simply in awe of the whole event to begin with and also took a bit of time to find some setting combinations that worked. I headed out with my gf who despite living in AB her whole life, had never actually seen them so it was an incredible experience. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m looking forward to trying my luck next time I get a chance.


        July 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      • Hi Nic,

        That’s great that you were able to see and photograph the Northern Lights. They are magical and a really fun challenge to shoot. I hope you get to see them again soon! Keep me posted!



        July 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  4. Gorgeous. I just love these pictures

    June 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

  5. Beautiful….

    June 9, 2013 at 2:59 am

  6. Incredible beauty, Christopher. You have a special backyard. Great images!

    June 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  7. Amazing, Christopher. Must get out there because they have never been like this until recent years -can you hear them?

    June 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

  8. Dazzling. The last image is pure poetry.

    June 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

  9. Again, beautiful. 🙂

    June 8, 2013 at 6:15 am

  10. Beyond beautiful! Seeing your incredible photos makes me want to see the real thing. Thanks for posting.

    June 8, 2013 at 5:36 am

  11. What an experience!!!! Exceptional shots!!

    June 8, 2013 at 5:08 am

  12. Fabulous! Wish they were that strong when we went to see them!

    June 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

  13. epic shots, next thing on my list 🙂

    June 8, 2013 at 3:57 am

  14. Suzanne

    Wow. How wonderful.

    June 8, 2013 at 12:03 am

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