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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D700
Shutter Speed
15/1 second
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F/2.8
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14 mm
ISO Speed
3200
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Oct 4, 2011, 3:30:23 AM
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Crescendo by ColinHSillerud Crescendo by ColinHSillerud
Water freezes to the edge of this northern lake. Then the water level falls, causing the ice to be suspended in air. The cycle repeats, leaving the icicles hanging and fragile.

I cannot touch the ice or my photo will fracture. Like a cat, I sneak out on all fours, balancing on needle rocks that puncture my jacket. Elbows cut, down feathers escape from my sleeves.

The aurora starts as a single jade beam in the north, hanging across the sky, immobile, alien.

The beam, as a conductor, commands stillness. Slowly, it separates into two - the conductor raises his arms. He taps the podium - a shudder, a ripple traces the beam and my spine.

Two more beams now. Texture forms as a constant undulation with the conductor’s building movements.

Then, abruptly, the Maestro throws his arms wide and the beam explodes, covering the sky. Greens writhe and coil; purple licks the edges. Whirlpools tumble overhead. The souls of the mountain gods flame on the horizon.

The aurora fractures as diamonds through breeze-blown tears. I am sad I cannot see the whole sky at once.

Technique: To shoot the foreground in this low light, I took eleven 30 second exposures @ 2.8 iso 1000, all focused at different points to achieve full depth. Then I shot the sky at 6 seconds at iso 4000. I shot the sky faster to retain texture in the aurora.
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ancoben Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Amazing
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IndieAlternativeRock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank-you for allowing dxSkiesOfTheNightxb to feature your picture! :)
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annabre7 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what a spectacular natual phenomenum! I am so glad you shared this with us !
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ColinHSillerud Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you and you're welcome :)
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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Okay, this is just amazing.
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
One of the best!!! Really charming north fairy tale!!! Perfect composition and perspective!!! :sun:   I'm amazed - i love it:heart:
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Sethyel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Pouahhh !!! Incredible !!!
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ColinHSillerud Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Xandamus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's some use of green!
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ColinHSillerud Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
The whole world was green!  I saw green for weeks after returning to civilization. 
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