Camping under the heavens
Camping in style under the colors of the northern lights and the stars. The campered truck belongs to Todd Salat. I had the oppritunity to shoot along side Todd Salat on my last aurora photo trip of the season.
Capturing a whole lot of light in this picture. STEVE, auroras, and light trails from a passing car. The moonlight to the right of this picture softly lighting the mountains and foreground.
Time to reflect
Another shot of Bird Creek from last nights auroras.
For more info on STEVE see this link- https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/mystery-of-purple-lights-in-sky-solved-with-help-from-citizen-scientists
A low to mid level KP was predicted for last night in South central Alaska. Luckily it ended up being more torwads the mid level forecast. This was taken along the banks of Bird creek as the tide was coming in from the Turnagain Arm.
Bird Creek, AK
Bird creek, AK. I was luck to catch the reflection on the incoming tide.
Moon, Moon, Moon
Right now my daughter is really into Laurie Berkner band, My daughters favorite song from that band is Moon, Moon, Moon. Every time she sees this picture she starts to sing, "Moon, Moon, Moon.."
Light trail to Girdwood
Passing car heading to Girdwood, Alaska. Taken during our recent full moon
The auroras over Glacier View, Alaska
Edge of storm
Looking to the west towards the lights of Palmer and Anchorage. I was able to capture the edge of the storm while out in Glacier View, Alaska
Show from the bridge
The beginning of a pretty decent northern lights display along the Knik river.
Gazing at the stars
www.traylor-photography.com Gazing up at the stars throught the frame work of the Old Glenn bridge. All the while the northern lights are dancing in the sky behind me.
The view part 2
The is what was in the opposite direction of "The View" image.
The beautiful view from the Old Glenn Highway bridge.
Last years lights
The northern lights that I captured this time last year.
Hole in the mountain
The view of Begich-Boggs visitor center. Located on the north shore of Portage lake. The light going through the mountain is the first of two tunnels on the way to the city of Whittier.
May the force be with you
The very bright and annoying headlight turned out to be a really good light saber. I had just seen the latest installment in the Star Wars series just this last weekend.
Glitter in the air
The light ice fog hanging in air over Portage lake gives this scene a dream like feel
Byron glacier road
The view from Byron glacier road was pretty spectacular. The Northern lights to the right and the milky way to the left. In the center are the tunnel lights and Portage lake visitor center lights. At the base of the milky way are Anchorage, Alaska city lights.
Reaching for the stars
A tall tree near Portage lake is reaching for the stars
Making A Wish
I made a quick trip down the Seward Highway to capture a few of the Geminid meteors. As expected the clouds started to roll in.
Pull up a stump
Pull up a stump and have a seat. Watch as the fog rolls in covering the distant mountain in a blurry blanket. Watch as the Northen lights dance along the horizon.
Another shot of the Old Glenn bridge in Matsu, Alaska. The fish bowl effect is due to the fact that I was using a 15mm lens combined with my panoramic tripod head. Combined with the angle that I was shooting at as well gives this image a fish bowl effect.
Another shot of the Old Glenn highway bridge. Taken on October Friday the 13th near Butte, AK
Curtains behind the clouds
A beautiful set of Aurora curtains huidden behind the persistent clouds over the Knik river in Matsu, Alaska
Tale of two cities
The city light of Wasilla to the far left and Palmer in center are in a luminosity battle with the northern lights coming in from the right. This shot was taken along the Knik river on the Old Glenn highway near Butte, Alaska
Taken on the old glenn highway abandoned bridge. I was pretty excited to work on this one to see how the reflections turned out. They actually turned out a lot better than I thought they would.
So many obstacles
Great beginning to a short night. My first stop along the Knik river on the Old Glenn highway. Even with all the obstacles I managed to get a decent shot of the northern lights. Another obstacle you don't see in this image were all of the headlights that I had to time so that they didn't mess up my shot
Portage train depot
The portage train depot shot from the Twenty mile river rest area
Twenty mile river
Twenty mile river with a light painted foreground
This was taken at the end of a short night of taking northern lights photos. You can see the lights starting to fade out over the top of the mountain. the bright lights to the left are the Anchorage city lights and an oncoming car driving down the seward Highway
Dancing in the dark
The absence of the moon makes for a very dark landscape photo. Even the northern lights dacing across the tops of the mountain couldn't light the foreground enough.
Light the way
Trying out a little light painting of the foreground. The northern lights were starting to fade away as the fog rolled in from the right of the image.
Into the night
Sitting on the south bank of twenty mile river watching the brief display from the northern lights.
Silhouette being back lit by the northern lights at Twenty mile river, Alaska
Moonlight and the Auroras
Watching the northern lights as the moon was setting behind my back. This was taken at Twenty mile river.
Trying out different techniques using different light sources, I found a pretty cool LED latern at Best Buy. It has an adjustable light in side of an opaque soft rubber cup. It works great as a light diffuser.
From the rocks
Viewing the stars from the rocks of Beluga Point, Alaska
Signal to the stars
Capturing the milky way as traffic on the Seward highway passes by.
Recipe for a beautiful night
The recipe for a beautiful night is one part milky way mixed with one part northern lights
Eye of the storm
Lasst October as I looked up into the sky, into the corona.
Magic in the air
The northern lights captured over Girdwood on October 23, 2016. I thought that this night wouldn't produce much in the way of northern lights. As you can see I was very wrong. Luckily I was in the right place. At the right time. With the right equipment.
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