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Exit Glacier Aurora

Aurora borealis over Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Aurora borealis over Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Seeing northern lights over Exit Glacier was a rare treat!  Something I had always imagined, but never thought I would see for a couple reasons.  First, because of our location relative to the Aurora oval – most shows are North or East of Seward – it is rare to see them to the West like you do here.  Plus, the road to Exit Glacier is closed most of the Winter – so it took the perfect combination of conditions – a great show, clear skies and a open road.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens at 1.4 for 3.2 seconds at ISO 3200.

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  • Mark Bilak November 11, 2013, 2:58 pm

    Great shot, Ron! It’s nice when you can be lucky as well as good!

  • Ron Niebrugge November 11, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Thanks a lot Mark! Mostly lucky here, but I’ll take it!

  • Nick Zweifel November 11, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Great image. I was wondering how you got the information on when the auroras display. I live in Seward and would like to be able to capture an image of my own.

  • Carl D November 11, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Hey Ron

    Love it, bro. it’s nice to finally get those images we have in our heads for a long time, and with patience they come together. Congrats.

    You finally got the 1.4. How do you like it? I’m thinking of trading up for the Zeiss f2.



  • Ron Niebrugge November 11, 2013, 11:40 pm

    Thanks Nick. Here is an older, a bit out of date article I need to update, but you might find helpful: http://www.my-photo-blog.com/finding-aurora-borealis

    I rely heavily on a phone app that give Kp reading from the Ace satellite giving a few hours heads-up. It is what helped last Friday – you can find that online as well.

    Thanks Carl! Looking forward to seeing your aurora over the Wrangells one day!

    I really love the speed of the 1.4. Captured more stars, but also speeds up the whole shooting process – can be way more productive.

  • joni fritz November 14, 2013, 1:29 pm

    And an extra special result! What a beauty!

  • Ron Niebrugge November 15, 2013, 10:43 am

    Thanks Joni!

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