October 16, 2014
On Tuesday night, my friend Peter and I witnessed an awesome display of northern lights on the shore of Klotz Lake in northern Ontario. We left Sudbury in a light rain around 10 AM and drove north to Kapuskasing. It rained most of the day, at times very heavy. We finally drove out of the rain near Hearst and proceeded westward, driving through a beautiful sunset, passing by tree after tree with absolutely no opportunity to make a nice photograph. Disappointed, we eventually reached Klotz Lake, about a half hour east of Longlac where we made a few images of the last light around 7 PM.
We decided to camp out at Klotz Lake and be ready for a potentially nice sunrise the following day. As night fell, we noticed the milky way and made a few compositions. At the same time I received a text alert from Soft Serve News that northern lights might appear around 9 PM. We had received an earlier text alert stating that northern lights were at 'storm level' around 6 PM but, unfortunately, it was still daylight so we could not see them then. As 9 PM approached, we began to notice a green color tinge in the background of images so we suspected that we just might see auroras tonight. As predicted, the northern lights did appear and danced brilliantly for about 5 minutes, returning a few more times in the next couple of hours but much less brilliant. I made a few compositions with a wide angle lens and then shifted to a 16mm fisheye lens to capture the auroras reflecting in Klotz Lake. What a show! It had been a while since we witnessed such an amazing display!
I was just on my way to bed when I received a call from my good friend Rob Peters. He was enjoying a spectacular show of majestic northern lights while sitting around a campfire in Winnipeg Beach and well ... he just had to tell me about it! So I went out for a drive around Dugald to have a look with my daughter. They were indeed very nice but sporadic as usual. The difficult thing about photographing northern lights is always trying to find interesting foreground. Not being in my usual 'favorite location', I had not pre-scouted the area so I had to work with whatever I could find in the dark of the night! It was also interesting to note that the fireflies were also busy emitting their own 'light'!
I made a few images and then drove back home after a lull in auroral activity. On my return, I noticed that the northern lights were even stronger in my own bakcyard in the City of Winnipeg so I made a few more images! Thanks Rob!
Browse through all the images in the Gallery by cliking on the image. Enjoy!
September 5, 2012
My daughter called me from the Whiteshell last night to inform me that the northern lights were displaying. The auroras came in spurts but, for about an hour and a half, they were beautiful to see. I crawled into bed at 3 AM!
September 5, 2012
The half moon lit up this landscape at Birds Hill Provincial Park as the northern lights danced throughout the sky. Besides the dominant green color, some reddish hues were also present. An AWESOME spectacle indeed!
The image was made with a wide angle lens set at f 5.6 on a tripod-mounted camera set (ISO 800) for a period of 23 secs.
September 3, 2012
Here is a second photograph I made of the northern lights early this morning. As is often the case, the display was not as exciting as promised - at least not at this latitude and not for the short time I was out!