Northern Lights
Jasper National Park, AB
Copyright 1999-2017 by Michael L. Anderson

date found:
September 1999
camera:
Rapid Omega 6 x 7
lens:
58mm
film:
Fuji NHG II 800
recommended enlargement size:
8 x 10 inches

It is perhaps self-indulgent of me to share this photo of the Northern Lights when there must be much better ones out there, taken by those who live and work near the Arctic Circle and who see far more spectacular displays. This was the first time I had ever seen the Aurora Borealis, and I feel priviledged to have been able to photograph it.

We travelled up the Icefields Parkway some ways until we found an unobstructed view to the north, and when we turned out the headlights we saw curtains of light fall from zenith to horizon. The display abated somewhat as I scurried to find and load my one roll of high-speed film, but the green color was still apparent throughout the display, which lasted until midnight. (The red was a surprise when I got the film developed.) I took ten exposures at f/5.6 with exposure times ranging from ten seconds to four minutes. This exposure was about three minutes, far longer than necessary, and long enough to show star trails.