Collin J Örthner – Photographer

May 20, 2013

CME’s at Camp Teepee Pole

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Night, Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye, Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye, Skyscape, Storms, Travel, Trees, Water — collin j örthner @ 7:41 pm

My family and I just returned from a great weekend away at Camp Teepee Pole which is near the Forestry Trunk Road west of Sundre in the foothills of Alberta. The first night out on Friday the 17th we experienced the Aurora Borealis for about 40 minutes. The aurora are caused by CME’s  (Coronal Mass Ejection) which release huge quantities of matter and electromagnetic radiation into space from the surface of our sun. The aurora weren’t super bright and I couldn’t see the reds with my eyes, but I have enhanced the contrast a bit and my camera has much better vision than I do when it comes to seeing the very dim red spectrum at night. I used a Rokinon fisheye lens which sees a full 180 degree view and also introduces severe barrel distortion which explains the dramatic curvature around the edges of the images. This image is one of my favourites and was taken just as the display was coming to an end at around midnight. I had made my way down to the nearby James River and caught the moon setting and some beautiful streaks of red Aurora.



[Olympus E-M5, Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye]



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