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November 14, 2012
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Nov 12, 2012, 9:38:32 AM
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November Aurora by Corvidae65 November Aurora by Corvidae65
I had the extreme good fortune to be in the right place and the right time and have the time (not really :blush:) to witness and photograph one of the best Aurora Borealis displays I've ever seen on Tuesday night! :iconwoohooplz: The location wasn't the best--12 miles west of Hot Spring, South Dakota (in a weigh station, no less :devilish:) It started out as just an intense green glow on the northern horizon--that is how we usually see the Northern Lights here--so I found a place to park my rig to see if they would intensify...

But then found I had forgotten my tripod! :frustrated: I had to improvise by shutting down my truck (so the engine vibrations wouldn't ruin every shot) and setting my camera on a fender using my gloves as a makeshift beanbag. I also used the 2 second timer function to release the shutter so that wouldn't cause shake in the image.

Sometimes improvised work fairly well! :nod: The Aurora would intensify to stunning pillars of red, green and purple and then subside again to the basic green glow I am familiar with. Every time it would intensify I would be hooting and hollering my approval and thanks to the Universe and its Creator.

I had a great time and this is exactly what I needed in my life right now--a convergeance with the right thing at the right time. I know, comparing this to some other Aurora shots on DA recently, that this one isn't up to that standard but I don't care about that. These shots mean the world to me and that is what counts.

Thanks! :thanks:
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blkchrrydesigns Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's beautiful Cuz! Just beautiful!
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thank you Cuz :aww: It was much better in person :nod:
BillyRWebb Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Photographer
I have been lucky enough to actually have had a camera when In 2004 the aurora lit up the cold november night! It was the first time I had ever seen the aurora! I live in northern Ohio, where it usually takes an X class flare for us to witness this beauty!
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
It's a rare thing here too--we do see a green glow quite a lot but to get the pillars of light is something rare.
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I must say I would have been afraid if I saw this being alone, as I'm not familiar at all with skies like this one... Its absolutely impressive... beautiful, I'm speechless, John! :aww:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
:lol: I felt a little fear the very first time I saw the aurora borealis :fear: It's a little intimidating but then I realized that it can't hurt me as it's just light. I'd love for you to see it sometime but if the aurora is rare where *I* am it would be ultra-rare...maybe a once in a million years event where you are :nod:

I'm glad you enjoyed the image I got. It's nothing compared to a lot of aurora captures on DA, but I like it because I got to capture it :thumbsup:

Thank you, Manny :icontardglompplz:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
What if it was an UFO? :laughing:
Well, not much that you could do either, I guess! :lol:

I haven't seen other auroras at dA beside yours, all others were at the
National Geographic Channel :eyes:

Your captures are amazing...! :icontardglompplz:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Heh-heh! :lol: Thank you Manny :hug:

For REAL art in aurora photography Do check out this guy's gallery :icontrichardsen: and here's a link to one of his aurora shots [link] :D
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
WoW... Iīll move to Norway!!!!!!!! :rofl:
Thatīs unbelievable!!! :faint:
WNaturalism Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Really nice!!! Love it!!!!
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