Kittson County Skies: Chasing the Northern Lights

As some of you may recall, I “went viral” this past summer when my images of a spectacular Northern Lights display in June were shared by CBS news and subsequently shared all over the country.  For several days after, my Facebook page was flooded with likes and comments and people remarking on much they enjoyed the photos.  This sparked a brand new interest for me.  I started to realize that the Northern Lights were actually much more common in my area than I had originally thought.  Previously I only happened to catch them a couple times a year, snapping photos from outside my front door.  But in doing some research, studying solar storm forecasts, and finding ways to anticipate when the lights would be out ahead of time, I was better able to plan and execute specific shoots I had in mind.  I started venturing further and further out into the country, scoping out locations and contacting land owners for permission to photograph.  In fact, since June, I have gone out to photograph the lights more than 12 times, each adventure better than the last!  My interest has always been abandoned buildings, but these photographs allow me to give a new life to them, accented with the surreal glows of the auroras, star trails, and light painting.  I’ve been able to go beyond just capturing the Northern Lights on the horizon, but actually creating images of unique locations and subjects that turn them into works of art (at least I hope that’s how they come across!)  I have enjoyed sharing these images online as well as selling prints, which you can purchase these and more at my online print gallery page.  Here are some of my favorite night images taken around Kittson County from this past summer!IMG_9315000MeganSugdenPhotography BluecarMeganSugdenPhotography gallery 337IMG_931111222263_874727815933370_7598456162700788725_oUntitled55hgIMG_9328

101 9-20-15EE 045 8-15-15MOORE 001 9-20-1534It has been SO fun to do these pictures, and allows me to explore a different side of my photography by working at night and manipulating the light with long exposures and seeing what I can create with my camera.  This will definitely be an ongoing project, with photographs added as my adventures continue this fall and beyond.  Keep checking back for more and be sure to like my Megan Sugden Photography Facebook page to see current images as well as regular client work.  Also a reminder that you can see the entire collection and purchase prints HERE!

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