Sky Fire

Late Fall and Winter in the vast frozen wasteland I call home, has many photo ops. There is the opportunity to photograph snow, and maybe snow ice, and maybe so more snow! But often winter means Sky Fire, or the Aurora borealis. We are in a bit of a peak in solar activity right now, and these solar flares cause solar winds that set the Van Allen belt into celestial fireworks.

Looking North

Here in a 30 second exposure @ f:4 with my SMC DA-Pentax 14mm f:2.8 we have an arc of the Aurora framing the Little Dipper.

Here with the same exposure, same lens we see Orion in the green and magenta sky.

Pentax *istD smc DA-Pentax 14mm f:2.8 lens, 30 seconds f:4

At times the display was so bright that we could see our camera controls, often as bright as the full moon on this moonless night.

The road north.

Here we can see the closed Gatineau Park Road at Cantley, Quebec which we used as our shooting platform. Larger versions can be seen on my website.


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About Darrell Larose

I am a highly motivated self confessed techno-geek. While rooted in traditional analog photography, I have embraced the new technologies in photography. I am just as comfortable under the dark cloth of a large-format view camera, as I am with a digital camera. I can produce award winning photographs within the darkroom, or from a digital-desktop. With 40 years of photography as a both hobby, and over 30 in the professional arena I have always produced. I am self-taught in the digital media, I have been a PhotoShop user since 1995 (version 2.5) I found the transition fairly seamless due to my long experience in labs. I have worked within various Government photo units, including the Forensic Photo Section of the RCMP, as well as various professional labs. I can easily converse with a police forensic photographer as I can with a wedding sports or commercial photographer. I have worked for several of Ottawa’s top photographers. I have worked at several pro labs. As well as many years in photo retail.
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2 Responses to Sky Fire

  1. Weston Maung says:

    This is a great blog you got here but i can’t seem to find the RSS button.

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