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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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:iconblkchrrydesigns:
blkchrrydesigns Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's beautiful Cuz! Just beautiful!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thank you Cuz :aww: It was much better in person :nod:
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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!
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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.
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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
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Manwathiell Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
WoW... Iīll move to Norway!!!!!!!! :rofl:
Thatīs unbelievable!!! :faint:
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Really nice!!! Love it!!!!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Many thanks to you :thanks:
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what a stunning sight to see
:iconwingsplz:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you :) It was a wonderful couple hours :nod:
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sure it was.:)
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martintinaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
:icontiphankeplz::clap:Stunning indeed :clap: :icontiphankeplz:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thank you Tina :heart:
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ArtByASmith Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thank you Ally :thanks:
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Good on ya and well improvised brother :camera: I can only wish to witness such a sight,let alone take such a shot one day too :worship:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thank you Jonathan and I am very sure you will get your shot too one day :nod:
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digitalHD Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
I had heard that they might be visible but unfortunately we were socked in with clouds so I didn't get the chance to see them but I must say your improve stabilization methods allowed you to capture this perfectly! Nice work!!! :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you very much :) haven't seen one since this one. Have a happy new year! :iconnewyearplz:
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digitalHD Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
You too my friend!
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erene Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
That is an amazing sky!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you Erene :heart:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just stunning, John! :clap:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thanks Tea :hug:
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another awesome capture! :clap::wow:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you :thanks:
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconwelcomeplztoo::hug:
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rafinerija Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Didn't know you had Aurora borealis there! Wow, stunning!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
We don't get to see the aurora nearly as often as I would like but every so often...

Thank you Diana :heart:
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rafinerija Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Well, I haven't seen it at all, I'm jealous. ;)
You're welcome. :aww:
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chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goot Ya!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
:highfive:
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Nataly1st Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Such fantastic night sky!!!!
This is soooooo beautiful, dear John!!! :love::heart:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Thank oyu very very much nataly :heart:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
You made me feel good with this shot :love:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
:thanks: Always glad to make you feel good, Canan :hug: Thank you my friend :aww:
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stars ! :omfg:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
THank you Helene :heart:
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
gorgeous shot my friend!!!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you Marilyn :heart:
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you are so welcome!!! :heart:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lucky you!!! So awesome that you got to see the aurora...nice one, John! So happy for you! :boogie:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you very much Lee Anne :heart:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: A rewarding and memorable experience for sure :hug:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you Candace :heart: It's something I will remember until my dying day.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconywsmileyplz: :iconhappysunplz:
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gallindz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Well now, isnt this pretty!!! You are somethin' else! You capture the coolest stuff! Im happy for you that you are happy! :giggle: :heart:
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