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October Aurora by Corvidae65 October Aurora by Corvidae65
Well! Something crossed off my bucket list! :excited: I finally (FINALLY) got to shoot the Aurora Borealis! After all the times I watched the Aurora website and chasing out to a location when the conditions were supposedly 'right' and coming home with nothing the Aurora creeped up on me when I didn't expect it. It's been a week or more since this was shot and I don't remember the exact date--it's listed with the exif info on the right though

but I was READY when I saw a flash of color in my rear view mirror north of Lusk, Wyoming. I pulled over to see a vibrant display of these purple and magenta pillars. I had known the aurora was happening when I left on my trip even though the sky was overcast--through a hole in the gloom I could see a green glow which is all the aurora we usually get this far south when in North Dakota they might be getting a dazzling display. This time we got it!

I only got three frames and of those this is the only one that was bright enough to work up and post. Yes, I have edited this shot some to bring out the contrast and color of the display but have added no extra color like saturation. Mostly I made white balance adjustments and contrast adjustments with some mild tone mapping.

When the pillars were happening you really couldn't see the colors--just a ghostly shimmering in the sky. It wasn't until the shot showed up on the camera LCD that the colors showed up.

Anyhoo--I am a happy boy :aww: I hope you like it too! :popcorn:
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
:clap: Beautiful!
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:iconjcapela:
JCapela Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lucky you :)
that's on my bucket list also, i really hope i get to see (and shoot) the Aurora Borealis someday
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blkchrrydesigns Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's on my bucket list too! and lightening!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
:highfive:
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:iconaeroartist:
aeroartist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful!!!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thank you :)
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Manwathiell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Wow John.... you must have been dazzled by this!
It's so unique and beautiful!!! :clap::aww:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I was :wow: Thank you very much Manny :icontardglompplz:
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Toothrot Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Beautiful capture :-)
I'm still hoping to see the aurora one day. Probably have to travel far up Norway for that.. or take some winter holliday on Iceland :-)
Well done here!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you Malte :) I hope you get to see it one day too. Happy new year! :iconnewyearplz:
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:iconjonnygoodboy:
JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So happy and content for you brother you got to tick this amazing sight off your list! :eager: Would love to do the same one day,congrats John! :camera:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Many thanks my friend :manhug: Just ordered a new superwide angle lens so maybe next time I could get something better :D

Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 :excited:
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:iconjonnygoodboy:
JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome brother! :w00t: Have you ever looked through such a wide lens?
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Not yet. I'm looking forward to it though :eager: I'm anticipating some perspective distortion (leaning buildings on the edges of the frame) and such. I'm sure it's going to take a while to get used to using it :camera:
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
For sure you`ll have that,mainly on buildings up close but the first time you look through it @11mm,it will blow you away! :omg:
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Woaw :love: it's on my bucket list too, or at least to get a shot of the night sky :love: you must have felt so great when you finaly did it :giggle: nice job :hug:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
I sure did, Klaudia :nod: It was an amazing experience and I hope you get the chance to witness it one day too :hug: Thank you!
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I think I like this one better than the other one John. :clap::clap:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Me too. It's clearer. It's funny, on the camera LCD and in thumbnails they looked brighter, clearer and more detailed than the RAW files. I do understand that RAW files look flat until you edit them but these have me a bit flummoxed as to how to get them looking right, combating the noise and maintaining the original color.

Thanks Bob :manhug:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
LOL sometimes the Cameras processor does a great job in JPG, that's why I have mine set now to shoot in RAW and JPG. That way if I like the JPG better, I fly with it! :rofl:
G'night!
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blkchrrydesigns Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, that's on my bucket list too!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
:omg: Just stunning! :heart:
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Fantastic capture, wow!
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I was up in ME one year and we had spectacular a Aurora show... I forgot to bring the camera!

Walt
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
:ohmygod: Sounds like something I would do and have done.

Thank you Walt :)
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
All the times I wish I had a camera! I think it's time for another pocket camera!

Walt
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!! :wow: One day I'd love to witness them in person...that's on MY bucket list ;-)
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thank you :)

I hope you do get to see them Lee Ann:nod: It's an experience you won't forget :tighthug:
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TaNgeriNegreeN1986 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I have featured your lovely work here [link] :party: :D
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thank you very much Kris :thanks:
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TaNgeriNegreeN1986 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
You're very welcome and thank you for the :+devwatch: :D
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frazzled-mage Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
brilliant and I will have to chase that one too someday! Well done!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thank you James. It's been a goal ever since I got my first camera :camera: I hope you get to see them too one day :nod:
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Avinadav Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
So freakin awesome!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
THanks bro :) Great to finally be in the right place at the right time ;)
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:iconnataly1st:
Nataly1st Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
How beautiful this is sky!!! :love:
Awesome work, dear John!! :heart:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
THank you Dear Nataly :hug:
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LeashaHooker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   Photographer
Awesome John!!! This is on my bucket list too, someday! :clap:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Thank you Leasha :heart:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
wonderful shot.... wonderful John!!:rose:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Thank you Linley :rose: How is Mr. Fry recovering? Is he milking his injuries for all he is worth and getting you to wait on him hand and foot? :giggle:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Oh yes he is .... we run around after him.. he can have anything he wants!! Well just about except for going outside.. thats a huge no no!! he is getting the message.
U are so welcome John..:rose:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So splendid, dear :love:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Thank you Odessa :thanks:
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digitalHD Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great job looking in your rear view and capturing this!
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
:highfive: THank you!
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:iconchrisntheboat:
chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have never seen such a sight..:clap:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Oh! I hope you do one day, my friend! It's life changing in a brilliant display :nod: Thank you brother :thanks:
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:iconchrisntheboat:
chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like life changing moments :nod: like when I viewed the Grand Canyon :wow: I must see an Aurora :nod:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lovely scene, John...you should be happy! :)
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