Friday, August 3, 2012
Photographing The Night Sky's Aurora Australis
Way back when I was a high school kid (unfortunately now more than 20 years ago), I was lucky enough to spend a week in the wild woods of southern Ontario's Quetico National Park. This experience of living sparely in nature was a powerful event in my young life, and one that's stayed with me. One of the most special moments of that trip came late one night when my friends and I paddled our canoes out to the middle of a lake to watch as the northern lights began to glow. The aurora borealis is an amazing, ethereal shimmering light in the night sky, visible in northern latitudes on summer nights. Way down at the South Pole they have the same thing, but they call it Aurora Australis. Either way, being able to photograph such a gorgeous phenomenon is a life-long dream of mine--and it is for many others, I know. In this DPS post by Loic Le Guilly, you can learn not only how he approached his first chance to photograph a strong Aurora, but also see how he post-processed the photographs to bring out the color and maximize detail. And of course, you can also bask in the glory of these gorgeous Aurora photographs.