Olds River Aurora

A stunning display of the aurora borealis over the Olds River of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Joseph Classen.

I captured this image of the northern lights at the Olds River, on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Like most aurora borealis photo shoots, it was a bitterly cold winter outing, and the only one foolish enough to head out on the abandoned, ice-covered roads in the middle of the night was yours truly. However, it was a gamble that paid off. That night there was what was classified as an aurora borealis storm going on in the atmosphere. As fate would have it, there was also no moonlight and no cloud cover whatsoever. It was a rare occasion when everything came together perfectly. I knew there would be lots of folks out photographing that night, but I also knew that the vast majority of them would all be shooting from the same half dozen locations on the outskirts of town. No one was crazy enough to venture out as far as I did. Such is the price for capturing unique images from unique places. One has to be willing to make sacrifices that others simply are not willing to make. If you’d like to learn more about viewing and photographing the northern lights, you can check out my video tutorial here.

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