Northern Lights Over The Inukshuk

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  • Camera: NIKON D800E
  • Lens: 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • Shutter: 30 sec
  • ISO: 3200
  • Aperture: F/8

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My first Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) photo!

This was taken by the inukshuk in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. (In case you haven’t guessed, the inukshuk is the big rock guy holding up the lights :) ).

Here’s the story…

We’d just arrived back from a day of Polar Bear photography on the tundra and were getting ready for dinner. We noticed the Northern Lights were starting to come out a bit but it was still early. We decided on dinner first, then we’ll take another look.

Well, sure enough they really intensified! In fact, over the next few days we’d learn from the locals that the display was the best in recent memory!

We took the short drive over to the inukshuk and started shooting in the bitter cold. Not sure just how cold it was, but -20 was probably a safe guess.

As we photographed, it was amazing to watch the lights as they filled the sky. They moved from spot to spot – I waited till they were over the inukshuk and started shooting.

As brilliant as they were to the naked eye, the camera was able to pick up even more colors and detail! With each shot, I would eagerly examine the LCD on the back of the camera to see just what I’d got. It was THIS shot that made me smile the most though – it looked like the inukshuk was actually holding up the lights! SWEET!

I’ve GOT to try that again sometime!

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2 Responses to Northern Lights Over The Inukshuk

  1. Trevor Simoncini says:

    I am opening a small company out of Saskatoon Saskatchewan and was wondering if I can have permission to use “Northern Lights Over The Inukshuk” photo for some or all of my company logo. I completely feel in love with it.

    Trevor Simoncini

    PS – I will also order a print off you aswell, I can hang it in my new office.

  2. Susan Shillingford says:

    A terrific photograph. Could Whistling Fish Productions have your permission to digitally project your ‘Northern Lights over the Inukshuk’ in our new live audio- visual show called “A Northern Tapestry’. Two performances at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island in November, 2014.
    We Look forward to hearing from you,
    best wishes,
    Susan Shillingford

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