Ben By: Ben


This is the view upwards into the corona of one of the most amazing auroras I've ever seen. Sadly, this was one of the last sights ever witnessed by the Nikon D3S that took this shot. Moments later, the tripod supporting the camera and a fine 14-24mm lens was blown over onto the icy ground, causing all of the above -- at a temperature of -30F -- to shatter into more pieces than I cared to count. I just returned from an aurora hunting trip in arctic Alaska and will have much more to share, from my backup cameras, in the coming weeks.

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  • Tanjica Perovic 3y

    thank you for sharing
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  • Natalia Robba PRO 3y

    Hi Ben,
    Thanks for the add. This is an amazing shot! I've yet to capture a Corona although I've seen a few, the capture still eludes me :D
    Really is gorgeous! Although I feel your pain with camera loss, kind of makes it all the more special right? :D
  • Snowbird1972 PRO 2y

    Ben, thank you so much for your astounding photos!!
  • Caz PRO 1y

    That is totally awesome, this must be so wonderful to see!
    You have been invited to join our prestige Group Gold Class Nature Gallery we hope you will come by and add your beautiful photo, GCNG
    where only the best will do.

  • Caz PRO 1y

    Gorgeous, this is just lovely!!
    Congratulations! your photo is beautiful and is worthy of being in;
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    I enjoyed viewing your photo in
  • Ania.Photography - OFF PRO 1y

    Hello Ben! Spectacular image,one of the finest Aurora captures I've seen. There is depth and mood in the picture,the colors are simply stunning...just another example of being there at the right place at the right time!! Bravo!

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  • Nick Boren 1y

    I am very sorry to hear about what happened to your Nikon Ben... I had something similar happen to mine on a photo shoot in Central Idaho. I know how frustrating and maddening that can be.

    I sure do like the image you captured here.. the colors and stars are simply amazing! Thanks so much for sharing it...

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  • Pam Sutton Photography 1y

    Wow...what a fantastic explosion of colors! To see such a magnificent close up view of an aurora is very rare and those little sparkling stars add more drama to this already stunning scene. Sorry, to hear about your camera what a shame!

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  • michael brush 1y

    Upon seeing this tonight, clued by your title, the first thing that came to mind was a flying saucer that manifested on the web shortly after your corona premiered in cyberspace. Could *that* be the sort of craft you use to access hyperspace? It wouldn't surprise me, especially after reading of the herculean labors and equipment necessary for such journeys, outlined in your auroral Photography Guide. Of course the guide is cautionary, but it does not specify fierce winds blowing over tripods and shattering costly cameras on the cold-blooded, icy ground. Taking into account all the preparations, the time and cost of travel (in your flying saucer), honing in on location, shivering untold hours in wait for the perfect moment, and the unexpected sudden sacrifice of state-of-the-art instruments -- if price is any measure -- this photograph could be worth twenty thousand dollars. It might raise the question whether you lost your mind in hyperspace, or came back with a much more expanded mind. I would say the latter is far more likely and the world is richer from your altered state.

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  • Anup PRO 1y

    wonderful mix of colours...superbly done and sorry to hear about your camera...the same happened to my D700 a couple of months back while shooting LE by the sea where my tripod was hit by a wave and the came was all at sea...

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  • Caz PRO 1y

    Beautifully done, what a wonderful sight, always loved this photo, such lovely colours, well done!!
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  • David PRO 7mo

    So surreal!
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  • Alexis Dittberner 5mo

    oo rough about the camera, but these things happen...I like to think the risk of it happening occasionally are worth it for the images we bring back ;-)
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Taken on March 9, 2012
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