Waiting for the Aurora: Light Shows at the End of the Road
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The light is so fantastic. The ice hides a million prisms in the rivers and tides of the country. For three hours after dinner I slog into streams and across hillsides to find ice forming so I can dance lights through the frozen architecture, red and blue, and whatever it is they call white, bounced off silver or grey light discs. I need four hands for all the flashlights; one of them is mounted on my head, one is in my mouth (luckily the wind slumbers), and during the 15 seconds of exposure I perform a small routine perched on rocks slippery with fresh glaze; one of my shoes is soaked from stepping into the arctic waters earlier today, and I can vouch that wool does indeed keep you warm when wet; the squish in every step is ominous, though, and now I sit with hot chocolate and tingling toes, radiant from without and within.
These bulbs of ice are formed by flecks of spray. They are beautiful jewelry; nature's liquid adornments. Sometimes I think they are better to shoot than the aurora; but the borealis was out on New Year's Eve, flexing its energies for twenty minutes before becoming mushy turquoise melt. The glimpse was tantalizing, and this ice formation reflects our ambitions in its shards of light; there seems to be every color, all hues, except for the northern light of phosphorescent green.
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It's been an amazing few years since I joined JPG, and I've made some great friends here. So many cool things have happened because of photography, and I owe a lot of it to the confidence I gleaned from this community. Thanks to all of you guys who've helped me since I've been trolling here; you know who you are! Let's get some shit done together this year!
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This shot was taken with an 85mm Nikkor lens, 20 years old at least, manual focus prime lens, available on the net for less than $500. Shot held for 20 seconds at f11 with a very low ISO, maybe 200. Lighting done with flashlights.
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