Atmospheric Aurora by Gerry Pocha
Atmospheric aurora (Gerry Pocha)
Atmospheric Aurora by Gerry Pocha

This sublime, atmospheric aurora is Photo of the Week.

Photo of the Week for March 9, 2018

What distinguishes a routine aurora photo from a memorable one? Composition.

With modern digital cameras, recording the northern lights has never been easier, but making a compelling photo is as difficult as ever. Choosing a compelling location that includes an interesting foreground helps elevate wide-angle night-sky shots from ordinary to exceptional. This sublime photo by Gerry Pocha is a good example. More than simply a record of an auroral display, Gerry’s carefully arranged portrait is packed with otherworldly atmosphere and surreal beauty.

Atmospheric Aurora by Gerry Pocha
Atmospheric aurora (Gerry Pocha)

Gerry captured this scene last May near Vanscoy, Saskatchewan, with a Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera and a Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The exposure was 6 seconds at ISO 640 and f/1.4.

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