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    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.

    Tom DiMatteo, katepedley, and 136 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. AnnaleeBlysse 24 months ago | reply

      That sounds familiar. I've managed to break my camera in 30 below weather too. But this sure was a great shot to capture before it happened.

    2. bressandavide 24 months ago | reply

      is it true?! incredible!!

    3. dhansak79 24 months ago | reply

      The next Mac OS wallpaper??

    4. ZenKitty /Babushka 24 months ago | reply

      Looks unreal, so beautiful!

    5. 'eliat 23 months ago | reply

      incredible. Now I see where the Mac wallpaper comes from. Aren't you glad it was not your H4D?

    6. Julie Rideout 23 months ago | reply

      Wow! Incredible!

    7. Iceland Aurora (Photo Tours) 19 months ago | reply

      Amazing aurora and sad story! Hope this is some consolation and you have a new D800 or something like that!

    8. nauticalnancy - sailing OZ 18 months ago | reply

      I saw this in....
      Sky as Canvas
      (Open Membership ~ Post 1 ~ Comment 1)

    9. Kirpernicus 17 months ago | reply

      What a spectacle, sorry about the camera.

    10. Arjan van Hof 15 months ago | reply

      Almost a year late.....
      Fantastic shot! Very impressive lightshow isn't it? You just miss the music that should accompany it.

    11. metrisk 15 months ago | reply

      That's an absolute stunner. Congratulations

    12. Natalia Robba 15 months ago | reply

      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

    13. snowbird1972 8 months ago | reply

      Ben, thank you so much for your astounding photos!!

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