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*EDIT! I was able to capture yet a SECOND evening of Northern Lights photographs last night, only this time I ventured with my friend Emily out to Lake Bronson State Park, Minnesota, as I was hoping to get some shots of them over the water. We arrived shortly after midnight but had to wait almost two hours for them to show up. We almost left, but stopped at another part of the park to get some images of the Milky Way when I turned around and finally saw them in full view. We ran back over to the lake and I started photographing as fast as I could. It was another incredible sight. It was also an absolutely gorgeous evening, with no wind and NO BUGS! We stayed until almost 3 a.m. when they finally faded off into the distance. I will add my new photos here; the ones from 6.23.15 are towards the bottom of the post. Enjoy!
**ORIGINAL POST FROM 6.23.15 BELOW**
Last night around midnight I was up late editing in my office when I received a text from a friend. “Are you taking pics of the Northern Lights?” At that point I wasn’t aware they were going on right outside my window, but I figured I’d run downstairs and take a peek. As soon as I opened the front door and looked up at the sky I was absolutely blown away–these were nothing like any lights I’d ever seen before! They were EVERYWHERE– dancing, swirling, pulsing, and changing colors and shapes as fast as I could photograph them. The sky entire sky was filled with the lights, peppered by a backdrop of a million stars. There wasn’t a breath of wind, the temperature was perfect, and I could have stayed out there all night. It truly was the most magnificent display Mother Nature could have ever put on! I’ve actually photographed the Northern Lights before, as we live in northwest Minnesota where they tend to pop up a few times a year and our farmyard is an ideal spot for capturing them. But this was really something to witness.. I am just so thankful I was at home and awake. I shared a few of these on Facebook last night and am absolutely amazed by the response, and I guess you could say they went a little “viral” with lots of people commenting and sharing. I can only say I am humbled to have been able to merely photograph this sight–the real beauty is already there that God created for us to witness. I was just lucky enough to capture it!For those interested in my camera settings, I shot long exposures of about 30 seconds at 2.8 aperture and manually focused. I varied my ISO from around 400-1000, and used a Nikon D3s with a 17-35mm lens. Any other specific questions just contact me here or email firstname.lastname@example.org!