Aurora Borealis: Weird Phenomenon, Awesome Photos.

Aurora Borealis: Weird Phenomenon, Awesome Photos.

The Aurora Borealis (Also known as "The Northern Lights") is a light glow of the upper atmosphere caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere. There are 2 main colors associated with the glow: Green and Red, but because of limits of the human eye, we cant always see the red aurora. In order to see the aurora, the sky must be clear and dark, and to get it on film (or sensor) you need to shoot long exposure (between 10-30 seconds, depends how bright the Aurora is). Check out this collection of great images showing this phenomenon.

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Aurora Hunting vol. 5
Photo: Styrmir Kári.

Aurora Borealis at Þingvellir National Park, south-west Iceland
Photo: Skarphéðinn Þráinsson.

Bláa Lónið
Photo: Jon Óskar Hauksson.

Kirkjufell Aurora
Photo: Philip Eaglesfield.

Walking Away From Aurora
Photo: Friðþjófur Sigurðsson.

Aurora on the Berg Beach
Photo: Tony Prower.

Northern Lights at Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
Photo: Skarphéðinn Þráinsson.

Heaven and Earth - The Icelandic Aurora
Photo: Elia Locardi.

Kiruna Northern Lights
Photo: Matt Kawashima.

The frozen House
Photo: Antony Spencer.

Ice & Aurora - Jökulsárlón
Photo: Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson.

Photo: Salbjörg Rita Jónsdóttir.

Aurora Beach
Photo: Kristján Unnar Kristjánsson.

Easter Aurora - Jökulsárlón á Breiðarmerkursandi
Photo: Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson.

Whisper of the Wind
Photo: Dave Brosha.

Aurora Australis (NASA, International Space Station, 07/15/12)
Photo: NASA.

Northern lights
Photo: Thosrsteinn Asgeirsson.

Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in the skies around the North Pole, the Northern Lights, from Bear Lake, Alaska
Photo: Beverly.

It really was a storm.... !
Photo: Kristín Jónsdóttir.

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I have been taking pictures of them for two years now, but I live in the prairies and it is tough to get a good subject in the frame when everything is pretty much wide open. Here is a link to a time-lapse I put together from November:

The one before the last by Beverly is actually a photoshoped. Heres the original

I discovered that too.  It shouldn't be allowed here.

It's pretty obviously created in a computer.  How could the poster not notice?

you guys are right!   I have that PS Plug-in   it's call flood.

And it's not even taken by "Beverly"! She just sells copies of it as postcards and stamps.
"The above digitally enhanced photograph was taken in 2005 January shows a spectacular aurora borealis above the frozen landscape of Bear Lake, Alaska, USA. Credit: Joshua Strang, USAFThis image or file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain."

Steven Efondo.inkit's picture

.. and why that photo is in the spotlight?

Ralph Hightower's picture

Photographing the Aurora Borealis is next on my "Bucket List". I would go with two cameras, one loaded with color film, the other with B&W.

 Aurora Borealis....weird phenomenon? I think you misspelled aawwwssoommmee phenomenon

Mark Pearson's picture

NASA kind of has an unfair advantage on perspective, but they often (usually?) make the most of it!

Dan Lubbers's picture

Stunning Photos! I have always loved the Aurora Borealis. I have seen it from a very far distance, but never underneath it. I will definitely witness this event before I leave this earth...

Lindo...MARAVILHOSO...Parabéns!!! Abs, Mitu Matsuda