The Northern Lights over southern Alberta

Aurora Borealis above the forest  - © Christopher Martin-5571

I live in a forest community along the Elbow River near Bragg Creek in Alberta.  I often enjoy watching the stars against the silhouette of the trees.  When I saw the Aurora Borealis begin to shade the northern sky once dusk’s afterglow darkened, I raced around to set up my gear on the deck.

Redwood Aurora - © Christopher Martin-5561

It turned out to be a very active aurora and I had a couple of hours to watch the colors ripple across different parts of the northern sky.  The beauty above was met in equal measure by the sounds of the crickets and birds and the relaxed touch of a warm, summer wind.

Redwood Aurora - © Christopher Martin-5643-2

The time drifted by without any ties to an actual clock and I felt pleasantly ensconced in my own little world.  The Northern Lights seem to have that effect on me.

Redwood Aurora - © Christopher Martin-5612

9 responses

  1. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights let alone get it on camera. If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of camera do you use to get these quality pictures?

    May 23, 2018 at 11:47 am

    • Hi! I use a DSLR. My own camera is a Canon 5D Mark III. It has a full frame sensor and handles low light/high ISO well. I use a tripod for long exposures so there is no shake introduced into the image. A fast lens (wide aperture) is a key component as well so that the exposures can be shorter. I use a Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens. These are expensive pieces of kit. However an entry level DSLR or mirror less camera system along with a 50mm f/1.8 lens (or equivalent for mirror less systems) is much more affordable and represents a good starting point if you have an interest.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      June 1, 2018 at 11:33 am

      • Thank you so much! I appreciate it! This helps a lot because I am entry level and want to be sure I have a good camera.

        June 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm

  2. Frazee

    wow… nice colors

    July 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm

  3. Superbes photos. Ca ferait de magnifiques fonds d’écrans pour l’ordinateur !
    Puis-je mettre vos photos sur mon Blog ?
    Nathalie B

    July 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  4. Beautiful! And description and pictures! 🙂

    June 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

  5. Absolutely magical, Christopher. Fantastic night images. Lucky you!

    June 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

  6. Reblogged this on lakeso.

    June 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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