Went on a trip last night with Ottó, we weren't expecting auroras, as it was heavily overcast and the aurora forecasts predicted no joy, but the weather was extremely still so we figured we might get some nice still water reflection pictures. But wouldn't you know it, the sky opened and far-away auroras appeared to our much delight! This was a great opportunity to try out my new lens - a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (better known as Samyang) - This little miracle lens costs only $389 brand-new and offers surprising image & build quality - far higher than I would ever have expected from such a cheap lens.
Samyang 14mm on 5D Mark II - 30seconds @ ISO6400 f/2.8
Extra: Yet another media coverage at the Daily Mail, where one commentor added this pretty nice poem:
In northern realms of snow and ice,
Under starry skies of cold winter nights,
From fjord shore, or mountain-rampart height,
The Aurora Borealis glows its celestial light.
From deep luminous hues of Creation's palette,
By dynamic forces and through dimensional spaces brushed-out,
Star adorned emerald streamers and ruby-radiant curtains of polar facet,
In time's changing patterns of arctic places, give "awe-inspired" visions, no doubt.
- Rene', Sacramento, USA
Update: Explore front-page Dec. 28, yay!