Palouse Summer Aurora 2

Palouse, Washington. A colorful display of northern lights fill the night sky over the golden Palouse wheat while storm clouds quietly drift over the fields.


Here's a horizontal shot. The orange in clouds are from the town of Palouse, Washington light pollution. When I first did my 30 second exposure it blew me away at the colors the camera was capturing. To my eye I could see the green, some magenta and the orange light pollution. What I couldn't see was how all the color blended together in a kaleidoscope of colors. The intensity kept changing. For a minute light pillars could be seen closer by then drifted away leaving this bold lime color behind.


Shot at 10mm f/4@30seconds ISO 4000.


To get these shot I basically gave up on sleep for the night. I had to be a work by 5am and maybe got 3 hours of sleep before then. The aurora only happens once in a great while, sleep can wait for another day.




  • Kristal Leonard 3y

    So awesome!! Well worth no sleep :)
  • Mike Gass PRO 3y

    Really nice capture, thanks for hangin ' in there.
  • Anita Burke PRO 3y

    Very nice!
  • Tessa Hoplin 3y

    So awesome Ryan! I didn't even know this was happening so totally missed it. But I have been waiting for you to post something because I knew you wouldn't have missed it. Awesome shot, nice job!
  • gregp25 3y

    Just amazing! I love it.
  • beautythief PRO 3y

    NICE shot! Love the art over sleep tude!
  • Pamela Gerber PRO 3y

    Ryan I saw this last night when you posted it but I didn't have time to comment. Now I do. This is FANTASTIC, AMAZING, INCREDIBLE!!!! .... just so you know, I really like it! LOL, seriously, what a stunning image. Lucky you to have seen this, it's just magical.
  • Gregory Pepion 3y

    Oh dude, the way the colors all blend together rocks. :) Dang, I knew I should've skipped sleeping last night.
  • try...error PRO 3y

  • missinglink34 PRO 3y

    That has some nice color. Cool photo!
  • Katherine Dykstra PRO 3y

    Outstanding capture!!
  • Ryan McGinty PRO 3y

    Thank you everyone, I'm glad everyone likes these images.

    Greg, one of the first northern light show I saw was in 2006. There was a wavering green curtain over Sandpoint that I could not get the right angle. I was also very tired and decided to head home. After that I made a vow if the northern lights were visible I would forgo sleep and capture the scene. I knew I missed a great shot in Sandpoint but I could someday make it up. Now I realize I can catch up on sleep later in the week. Thanks everyone. I know a few spots in Sandpoint over Lake Pend Oreille that would be awesome for northern lights. Just have to wait and see. Ry
  • xinapray PRO 3y

    Love the expansive view of the sky, and the motion in the clouds. Beautiful image, Ry. Sleep is overrated anyway ;-)
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Taken on July 15, 2012
  • 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
  • ƒ/4.0
  • 10.0 mm
  • 30
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