Whisper of the Wind

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This image won 1st Runner-Up at the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards.

I've viewed hundreds of displays of Aurora Borealis and although the technical process of photographing this spectacle isn't overly difficult or challenging, I never fail to be inspired when I'm out there, in the cold and dark, shooting.

Photography of the aurora is one way to force yourself outside to view it. Believe it or not, many northerners don't "see" the aurora that often; they don't leave the comfort of their warm houses. I myself have fallen victim, at times, to the line of thinking "ah, they're always out - why bother looking?" which is a little sad. We take for granted one of the world's most amazing natural sights.

Blurb aside, I loved the shape of this particular April, 2010 display. It only lasted minutes, and then moved on to some other wonderful formation... but it reminded me of a breath, or a whisper, or wind coming from the stars themselves.

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  1. Gerald Moncrief 58 months ago | reply

    That is beautiful but you lost me when you said cold :-)

  2. Annamaria Rizzi 57 months ago | reply


  3. Ty*YoYo [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

    hard to believe you could take these for granted!!!!

  4. Tom Lowe @ Timescapes 55 months ago | reply

    Congratulations. This photo is beyond Epic. Just beautiful.

  5. Dan Ballard Photography 54 months ago | reply

    Congrats man!! I can see why! Killer shot! You have ton of great work! Glad I found your stream.

  6. davebrosha 54 months ago | reply

    Tom, I am in awe of your winning image. You're a huge inspiration.

    Dan - your photostream is spectacular. Ditto!

    Again, everyone, thank you so much.....your support is overwhelming.

  7. Cee 54 months ago | reply

    Just saw this photo on the BBC4 Astronomy programme this evening. Congratulations on getting First Runner up at the Astronomy photography awards!

  8. Barbara Boward 53 months ago | reply

    Dave, I absolutely love your photograph. I found it through Zooniverse's Solar Watch. Astounding!

  9. David Gimeno Redondo 51 months ago | reply

    Joder que bonita! es espectacular!

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  10. maska_29 51 months ago | reply

    great shot!!

  11. banechoic 49 months ago | reply

    Reminds me a little of Barrow AK only with tress instead of oil production towers and buildings.

  12. ying kong 42 months ago | reply

    Wow! Love it.

  13. mariposa-latina 42 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot! Congrat.!

  14. Stuart Stevenson 41 months ago | reply

    Mesmerisingly brilliant. Congratulations.

  15. Sesko50_074 29 months ago | reply

    very cool, indeed.... nice share, mate.

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