Clicking the Green of March


We are beginning break up here in Alaska….we still have lots of snow and ice  ,no spring green yet….so our green  for saint paddy’s day comes from the heavens2015-03-18 ….not sure why I continue to try to capture the lights ….it never measures up  once I get to the computer to edit …but I am having fun …. if it matters I still do get excited  when viewing from the back of camera…..DSC_0662-2_filteredthe numbers on the data page and the info from many web cams  screamed storm …..  everyone seems to capture a different storm

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…most of their shots were true  to  raining auroras…mine were just lots of green  with just tinges of pinks and reds  and moving so fast DSC_0668-2_filtered ….made your head and tripod dance in high gear….. early in the storm I watched the skies

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… read the many   pages of aurora chasers ….I can never stop laughing at the ones who think because they are taking photos everyone  should bow down to their work….and their made up rules

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…..their many post of  aurora watching etiquette……no joke there are 18  or more pages of these fine rules  on the net …..my come back to theses fine rules and guide lines…. GET A LIFE…if your shots are that important find  a new spot  away from all the hot  viewing spots…..

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it has become a very sad world when one makes rules for others on how they should act when viewing nature …… no one should have to worry about lights on a vehicle because it cause light that will ruin your photo

DSC_0701-2_filtered…no one should have to worry about your camera and tripod in the dark … try putting glow in dark reflective tape on the bottom of you tripod …
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why should I have to look for another spot to view auroras just because you are taking photos….and if you are in the dark bundled up in dark clothes you need to try putting reflective tape on your aurora shooting clothes …it is your life
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…yes I am a driver of an auto but you have to be responsible as well……why do all your rules of etiquette tell the new viewer or aurora shooter what to do …..what about you …why do you feel that you are in charge of a public place …I hope every new viewer turns on their lights …holds their foot on the brake light…trip over your unmarked tripod …invades your public space…..and scared you when they almost run over you ….come on people it’s a big world and a bigger state and the last time I looked the sky over head did not belong to anyone

 

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climbing down off soap box and going back outdoors to take more shots of the awesome world ….
Still Standing MOM …I AM STILL STANDING

Raving About Nothing


A trip to town to delivery eggs and stop at bread store…to get day old bread for chicken feed addition…..then on to Clinic to get scripts to take to Va hospital to fill…I always sit in truck and wait ….hospitals and clinic are full of sick people….not a place to go if you are not sick….

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we have some of the really smart raven in Fairbanks ….from early age they learn the outline of garbage bags in backs of trucks …they seem to know the difference between an Alaskan suitcase and a bag full of food….

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they works in triples …one to find the gem …one to check it out and one to keep the owner for seeing the others steal said person blind….I am always on the look out for them…

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I want to spend a day just taking their photos ….seems like when I do have my camera they are just feet out of the shooting range and when I don’t have my camera they are up and close talking then fluffing their head feathers and rolling their awesome eyes

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….they are so smart …they have the most beautiful feathers ….and their hip hop walk is so funny to watch….I have seen as many as 50 in the Sam’s Club parking lot walking in a circle and then running at each other…. then they would throw back their heads and open their beaks and jiggle their heads up and down as if they were in some secret meeting of their family

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….once saw a raven pick up a smoke that someone had dropped it was still lit the raven swallowed it down than every time he would open his beak out would come smoke or steam …either way it was silly to see….the photos here are of one shot I managed to capture the morning of the trip ….I played in picasa3 program with different ways the photos can look…..

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been a long week mom ..but still standing MOM …I AM STILL STANDING

Lost In That Feeling


I was lost in the light the morning I took this photo….the shadows and the light… the things that were seen in the wood grain……

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trying not to forget why I was looking for more in the photo….trying not to get to caught up in learning more about my camera…trying to hold on to why I take pictures….I have almost come to the point of not taking more of the classes…Lost in the feeling was what speaks to you in a photo …this photo was about the spirit of the light playing on the wood that morn ….

Still Standing MOM …..I AM STILL STANDING……

Face Within You


Last time I was out shooting auroras … we were chasing them down the road….this was one I could see a face in the lights but it needed a little help to define and a lot of help to get rid of noise caused from such a high iso setting…..

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I played around in Picasa3 for a while then I took it over to another program ….the face within just doesn’t want to be seen straight on by the eyes…..wants to play like a little night imp…

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it has beeen a long time since I have had a chance to shoot …ice storms,extreme cloudy nights and just plain out lazy me….the inner me wants to go every night but the old fat lady does not want to move….

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the inner face …the inner us…the one screaming for better of times and things…… but not screaming loud enough to make a difference ….

Still Standing MOM…I AM STILL STANDING……

Away from Here


Sometimes the walls of this house become way to tight…..we waited and waited…. it was either black ice road conditions or extreme temps…. either side of the zero on the gauge can be extremely dangerous…but we finally caught it just right even though it was cold ….really cold….so off we go the wheels on the truck went thump ,thump thump till they warmed up

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the weather and steam off everything trying to work was amazing….every steam plant was working over time and the thermal pools on the rivers and lakes were steaming up the air….

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around every bend in the road was another vista of beauty…..snow covered sun shadowed and sun light were our views …roads were both icy or dry …depending on the bend in the road ….some views many,many,miles away looked like they were sitting in middle of roadway….

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the amount of snow and weight of more hoar-frost and the extreme temps made the trees and grasses look like place from another world….. the stop sign seem to even scream Stop Already Winter……the sounds at these temps seems to triple in volume…the crunch of the icy snow seems to have its own music…

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we viewed moose and caribou and eagles along the way….the moose were so hungry they were down on their knees eating last years grass stubs and the caribou seem to think that my camera was a sign saying heads down ….the eagles photo was taken while truck was in motion but it was not as out of focus as I thought it would be…..they were all busy feeding ….
we made it back home before sunset
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it was maddening trying to capture the sunset while truck was moving …we could not stop because of afternoon traffic off base…….but we were back home and happy to have had a beautiful day of travel ….
Still standing MOM …Still Standing

Last Minute Aurora Chase


When I first looked at numbers there was nothing exciting …but I got cameras set up anyway and went to do something else …..than I looked again and the cam and the data were exciting …..walked out the front door … the sky was dancing ….but the cat got out the door …so I had to chase him…..NOT FUN chasing cat at minus 39 degrees……he finally stopped and I returned his furry butt to house….than LADY AURORA STARTED AGAIN….NOT AS BRIGHT AND FAST AS FIRST DANCE BUT SHE WAS DANCING …

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college of best shots of the night ….loving the new remote timer and the new ball head tripod

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right above the edge of the back of the house……after chasing cat this was how lady aurora came back in to focus…..fast moving

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the big dipper was moving just as fast last night across the driveway …..

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Than lady aurora moved herself over the middle of Judy Lane …so I had to hurry to the middle of the lane and try not to capture electric lines and poles

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another of her as she began to fade over the lane….disappearing into the trees…..

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than she flared up for another unfurling of light

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as she danced toward me in the dark …adjusting camera to straight up ……

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she flares than disappears again….by this time I am so cold I can not punch the little button on the remote time to call it a night

Still Standing MOM ..I am still Standing

There is Light ,then there is Light


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So many times I have read the next day after chasing Auroras….. that someone was rude while out aurora chasing…..Other than blinding me …I do not find it rude…..I feel like if you can not deal with headlights or flashlights or refracted city lights then you go somewhere else….. the above shot was taken at top of Ester Dome in Fairbanks Alaska…..the bright snow in foreground is caused by headlights but it was okay…. it is a favorite site and is at the end of the road……this is straight off disks…. rules for fun life…always hold hands when crossing street…..never turn down fun food or warm drink…always travel in pairs it is more fun….

Still Standing MOM still standing …..

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