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Fires of Autumn

A shot from the most active Aurora we've been privileged to experience this season, way back in September. It was an event encompassing almost the entire sky, horizon to horizon. Taken (on full-frame camera) with a 14mm lens from an aurora viewing spot near Burma Rd. about 25 km. north of Whitehorse which is frequented by Aurora tour companies. It's technically a good spot with a wide open sky but the landscape there is so flat and monotonous that I find skyshots taken there to be uniquely unsatisfying due to the lack of any foreground or background features to give a sense of scale. The Auroral currents were almost overpoweringly bright and this was quite a short exposure, so I was surprised that the starfieldsof the northern Milky Way showed up so well between the curtains.

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Taken on September 27, 2011