Aurora Borealis
Taken by Catalin Tapardel on May 27, 2017 @ Whistler Campground, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
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Exposure Time: 2/1
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 2000
Date Taken: 2017:06:04 14:16:25
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Just to make a long story short, on May 27, 2017 we decided to take the kids for their first camping trip in Whistler, Jasper. Just before leaving home the big dilemma was what lenses should go with us and what lenses should stay home. Thinking that having the 80-400mm for wildlife and the 24-70mm f 2.8 Nikkor for closer shots was a good choice, the loser was the wide angle zoom 14-24mm f 2.8 Nikkor which had to stay home. Everything was going accordingly to the plan with our arrival, setting up the tent and while I was taking a break from the chores, later in the afternoon a message pop up letting me know that a G1-G2 storm is brewing and will cover the Alberta skies…. Suddenly I was in quite of a panic realizing that my treasure the 14-24mm f 2.8 Nikkor was sitting lonely in her box at home. Next question was what I am going to do without her. Her bigger sister 24-70mm f 2.8 Nikkor was the only option for that night not wide enough, but having the 2.8 save some of the situation. In the end I was stuck around the tent area trying to cover as much as I could between old pine trees and living with the fear to not be grabbed from behind by the grizzly mama bear which was seen during the day wondering inside the campground without any fear of the humans around her. Now looking at the pictures I realized that in the end being stuck with the 24-70mm f 2.8 lens was a great opportunity to get some closer shots to the Lady Aurora and get more into some details that I would be able with the little sister. The The show was spectacular with pillars, curtains and hours of aurora overhead dancing and showing a colorful corona once in a while.
Nikon D800
Nikkor 24-70mm f 2.8
ISO:800, 2000, 3200
EXP: 1/2,4,6
f 2.8
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