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Resplendent Sky

Resplendent Sky
Photograph by Cary Anderson

Curtains of color shimmer over the frozen Knik River Valley in Alaska as the aurora enters an especially active phase that may last for another year or so. Photographer Cary Anderson often shoots the aurora from this location just northeast of Anchorage. “I’ll typically stake out the scene from sunset to sunrise and hope something happens,” he says. “I’ve never figured the odds exactly, but there are enough black nights to discourage any but the foolhardy.”



Camera: Nikon FM2
Film Type: Fujichrome 400
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: Approx. 10 seconds @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear, 22°F (-6°C)
Time of Day: 3 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

Special Equipment or Comments:
Tripod-mounted camera with cable release.


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