Aurora Borealis over the Elbow River

Aurora over the Elbow - 2014 © Christopher MartinAurora over the Elbow
Canon 5DIII + 24mm f/1.4 lens: 2.5 seconds at f/1.6 on ISO 1600

The Northern Lights came to life over my home in Redwood Meadows a couple of nights ago.  I threw on some winter gear and walked down to the Elbow River with my camera and tripod.  The moon was waning but was close to full and lit up the snow and ice so my headlamp wasn’t needed.  I went out on the ice and watched the Aurora ripple across the northern quarter of the sky.  It was a cold and very late show.  And I loved it.

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Aurora fire - 2014 © Christopher MartinNorthern Lights on ice
Canon 5DIII + 24mm f/1.4 lens: 1.6 seconds at f/2.5 on ISO 1600


Aurora Flare - 2014 © Christopher MartinAurora Flare
Canon 5DIII + 24mm f/1.4 lens: 4 seconds at f/2.5 on ISO 1600

The colors dimmed after an hour or so and I could barely make out the lights.  The camera could still resolve them and I liked the subtle color in one of the last images from the evening.

Fading Aurora - 2014 © Christopher MartinFading lights
Canon 5DIII + 24mm f/1.4 lens: 3.2 seconds at f/2 on ISO 1600


Searching for the Northern Lights - 2014 © Christopher MartinSearching for the Northern Lights
Canon 5DIII + 24-105mm f/4 lens at 24mm: 8 seconds at f/8 on ISO 1600

9 responses

  1. Beautiful!

    July 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm


    One of my dreams is to witness this in person. These are wonderful Christopher !

    March 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm

  3. Absolutely fantastic….would love to give it a try sometime!

    February 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm

  4. These are great-quite the show out there recently.

    February 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  5. Wonderful — as usual 🙂

    February 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

  6. Wow. That is spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing with those of us who are not fortunate enough to see them for ourselves!

    February 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

  7. We are coming to your house for our next vacation!!! Stunning!

    February 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

  8. Great photos! It was such a great show this week. I made sure rather than just snapping away that I stood back every now and then, looked up, took them in and just appreciated how spectacular they are.

    February 21, 2014 at 6:31 am

  9. Superb shots of the night sky. I love them.

    February 21, 2014 at 4:40 am

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