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.

16 responses

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells gave props (5 Jan 2011):

    Salut i llum

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2011):

    WOW. Voted

  • Adnan Ejaz

    Adnan Ejaz said (6 Jan 2011):

    Very nice

  • judy fouse

    judy fouse said (11 Jan 2011):

    Thanks for making the effort. Now we all have a chance to feel 'radiant from without and within'.

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (11 Jan 2011):

    Dude...that's all I'm sayin'...

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (12 Jan 2011):

    So ethereal Sean; this could be taken in many places close to home. So, why travel across the world to see it? The picture might look like one that could be taken in California's Sierra. But places are the same and different at the same time, at least the feeling of being in them is. There is nothing greater than the feeling of traveling to a distant spot and realizing it is connected to the spot we left behind. It is all about the shared feelings. For me, that is the root of photography and what you convey here. I would also say that you have contributed as much as you have received here at JPG. So thank you too.

  • Kathleen Mercado

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  • Maria Amor

    Maria Amor gave props (15 Jan 2011):


  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (17 Jan 2011):

    A welcome, stylish visit.

  • Aadi Mishra

    Aadi Mishra (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    wow !!!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    after you explained how you took the shot my jaw dropped all the more!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Feb 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    An amazing and very beautiful shot...

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (18 Aug 2014):

    Lightbox luscious!

  • cornel gin

    cornel gin said (25 Jan 2017):

    very nice and interesting

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (19 Jan 2019):

    A beauty!

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