-Under the tree-
Fixed focal length telephoto lenses are more versatile than you think. Always carry it, if you have it. Even if going out to shoot subjects that “dictate” the need for a wide-angle.
Taken with a Nikon F4S and Nikkor 300mm f/4 AF-S, handheld. Kodak ColorPlus 200 negative.
A Starry Night of Iceland
Explanation: On some nights, the sky is the best show in town. On this night, the sky was not only the best show in town, but a composite image of the sky won an international competition for landscape astrophotography. The featured winning image was taken in 2011 over Jökulsárlón, the largest glacial lake in Iceland. The photographer combined six exposures to capture not only two green auroral rings, but their reflections off the serene lake. Visible in the distant background sky is the band of our Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy. A powerful coronal mass ejection from the Sun caused auroras to be seen as far south as Wisconsin, USA. Solar activity over the past week has resulted in auroras just over the past few days.
Image Credit: Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees); Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt
We had driven four hours trying to beat the setting sun. Honestly, I wasn’t sure this would be worth the 8 hour round trip until this moment. We were in a diner ten minutes out in town- eyes droopy and slightly grumpy trying to kill two more hours before the forecasted time of these lights. Everyone was exhausted, I almost called quits. But then these lights filtered through the stars and WOOSH- we sped to back to that side of the road just outside of town to watch them dance across the sky. I couldn’t tell you anyplace I would have rather been.
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