[av_heading heading=’Behind the scenes of this photo’ tag=’h3′ color=’custom-color-heading’ custom_font=’#949494′ style=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ class=’alignleft size-full wp-image-5368′ src=’https://www.joshuacripps.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/aurora-borealis-chena-hot-springs-alaska.jpg’ alt=’Aurora Borealis, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska’ width=’583′ height=’880′ />dding=’0′ av_uid=’av-30tq3a’][/av_heading]
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.