|Stars over Mount Shuksan.|
This was my first time trying out my new Rokinon 14mm lens, which I acquired specifically for star photography. Previously I had relied on my Canon 17-40mm, which provided very disappointing quality in low light. The difference was night and day! (pun intended!). I'm super impressed with the Rokinon lense (also sold under other brand names such as Samyang, Pro-Optic, and Bower) and highly recommend it to anyone interested in night-sky photography.
Earlier in the day I had hiked up Table Mountain and received a message welcoming me to Internet Canada - "International rates may apply". I quickly turned my phone to airplane mode, blocking data usage as a safety precaution.
|Northern Lights over Mount Shuksan|
I've only photographed the Northern Lights once before - in Jasper National Park in Canada. The circumstances were much the same. I got up in the middle of the night to photograph the milky way and noticed some rather bright clouds off in the distance. I composed a shot to include them and the results came back green on my display!
The same sort of clouds were present this night, but they were so bright I figured it was simply light pollution from the Bellingham area (yes, my direction was a little off as I thought I was looking west, not north). The stars were more numerous now, so I composed an image of Mount Shuksan once again and noticed a red plume of light in the results. The red in the sky was not viewable to the naked eye. Interesting!
|Aurora Borealis over Mount Shuksan.|
So what is the Aurora Borealis? The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The most common auroral color is a pale yellowish-green. Rarer is the red aurora, which I was fortunate to capture for the very first time (again, I couldn't actually see it).
|Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).|
Admittedly, I am relatively new to night-sky photography and still have a lot to learn. But I am finding it fascinating and rewarding!
As always, thanks for looking!