Aurora Borealis, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

Behind the scenes of this photo

Taken at the Chena Hot Springs resort near Fairbanks, Alaska, on January 1st, 2014

Anyone who watches The Simpsons may get the joke in the title here. In early January I had my first real experience photographing the aurora borealis. I was visiting Chena Hot Springs near Fairbanks, Alaska for New Year’s and on January 1st a decent show sprung up. As soon as the glowing bands appeared in the sky I dashed out of the hot springs and kitted up to face the -10 deg night. Tromping uphill away from the lights of the hot springs resort as fast as my swaddled legs would carry me I found this patch of spruce facing in the same direction as the aurora. Standing thigh-deep in the snow I set up my camera for a series of long-exposures, the 30-second shots bringing out the color and forms in the sky.

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