Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Lavender Sky by tfavretto Lavender Sky by tfavretto
A surprise display of the northern lights, as seen from the edge of Highway 548 at Quebec Bay, roughly 50 km southeast of Sault Ste. Marie, ON. I normally monitor space weather conditions so I'm able to know when there will be a chance of seeing the northern lights, but this came as a complete surprise one night when I was already out shooting. The illumination in the foreground of this photo came from the streetlights that line the highway directly behind the camera.

Location of photograph: [link]
Add a Comment:
 
:icongold-rose:
gold-rose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is featured here: [link]
Reply
:iconniko-n-photography:
niko-n-photography Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009   Photographer
surnatual really !!!!
amazing
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:
Reply
:iconconf0rmist:
conf0rmist Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
This is an excellent photo! I've never actually seen aurora myself, being at the wrong latitude and all.
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Thanks, and thank you for the :+fav:
Reply
:icongeronimopics:
geronimopics Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
looks like on an other planet
Reply
:iconlady-labyrinth:
Lady-Labyrinth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008   Writer
Amazing capture! Truly beautiful!
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:iconlady-labyrinth:
Lady-Labyrinth Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008   Writer
Welcome! :D
Reply
:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture !
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:
Reply
:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :)
Reply
:iconsilent-steve:
Silent-Steve Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Incredibly beautiful. Definately a case of in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time!
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:! And yes, especially since I normally monitor aurora conditions, and had no idea this was coming.
Reply
:iconsilent-steve:
Silent-Steve Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
I didn't know that its possible to predict where/when it happens
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
It is! Sites like [link] have information about it.
Reply
:iconsilent-steve:
Silent-Steve Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
oh cool, thanks for the link!
Reply
:iconduvina:
Duvina Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007   Photographer
Stunning, well done!
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Thanks!
Reply
:iconrspektorfan:
rspektorfan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
this is beeeeautiful.
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:
Reply
:iconrspektorfan:
rspektorfan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
you're welcome. :)
Reply
:iconmosessesom:
MosessesoM Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
Damn those digital rebels and their amazing pictures. This is a great capture! Nice work!

.moses.
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:iconluchris:
luchris Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
OMG! it's so beautiful! i wish i was there... you see, here we don't have those kind of views.... oh i envy u soooo much! i'm glad you're taking advantage of these sights so we (I?) people in landlocked countries can see them... LoL!!!!
:jarklarge:
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
Thanks, glad you like it, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:iconspikelover7:
spikelover7 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool pic :)
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Thanks
Reply
:icondieselkriticos:
dieselkriticos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Wow thats so beautiful...the colors blend yet contrast
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:icondieselkriticos:
dieselkriticos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
No problem...it's so beautiful
Reply
:iconillusivespatula:
IllusiveSpatula Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
You were in an amazing place for this to happen, the scenary combined with the lights is just divine.
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:iconcorazondedios:
CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
insanely beautiful!
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:iconhotshot977:
hotshot977 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
in the future, i think your aurora shots might work better if you underexpose just a tad...but you've been shooting them for a while, so maybe you've got it down just right already

and i *seriously* envy your Canaditude when it comes to things like this...wish we got the Lights around here
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Thanks for the tip. Just curious why you think underexposing would help though. I know if I set the ISO lower I could have less noise, and if I used a shorter exposure, I could capture more detail in the auroral rays, but I'd love to hear your take on it.
Reply
:iconhotshot977:
hotshot977 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
my *theory* is that it might bring out the colors better...they seem a tad washed out to me. you could easily try it in photoshop with this image, not really neccessary to do it in-camera...plus the land seems a bit overexposed.

i don't actually have any experience shooting stuff like this, just my own rambling ideas
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Well I actually brightened it up quite a bit in post-processing because it originally seemed a bit underexposed, but maybe I overdid it a bit?
Reply
:iconhotshot977:
hotshot977 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
i dunno...i tried bringing the midtones down and the highlights up slightly, then increasing the saturation every slightly, and it looked a little better to me. hope you don't mind me messing with your stuff; i didn't save it in any case
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
I wish you had saved it, I'd like to see what the outcome was like!
Reply
:iconaquarius-galuxy:
aquarius-galuxy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the colours, the stars, and the shore. T-T Why don't I see any of these where I live?
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Thanks again, and thank you for the :+fav:! You wouldn't see them in Singapore because you're located too far away from either of Earth's magnetic poles. You generally have to be pretty far north or south to see them.
Reply
:iconaquarius-galuxy:
aquarius-galuxy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
=) True about that... I wish I lived in a place where auroras are really common. =D

=) You're welcome!
Reply
:iconstnm:
stnm Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
You get northern lights there? Lucky. I'd love to see it in person, but no cookie at mere 49 N.

Your photos are awesome as ever, and this goes to all your recent submissions I didn't have a chance to comment on. But I feel there's something missing in them. Substance perhaps, or some underlying story behind the gorgeous, yet somewhat lifeless landscape? I think your earlier works had more of this.

But anyway, while somewhat too smoothened for my taste, I could stare at this and the other aurora picture for hours. Good job!
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Well we're only at 46.5 N, but we're also much closer to the magnetic north pole, and so we get to see them more easily than other parts of hte world at a similar latitude. And thank you for your comments.
Reply
:iconstnm:
stnm Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Yeah, I checked the location only after writing the comment and felt a bit stupid. Oh well. You're welcome anyway.
Reply
:iconkenboodah:
KenBoodah Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
:clap: Gorgeous shot, great colors. :clap:
Reply
:icontfavretto:
tfavretto Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav:!
Reply
:iconrabharling:
rabharling Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Stunnning image, respect once again.

How do you keep the noise acceptably low whilst shooting at 1600iso. Noise Ninja? I alway shoot digital work at 100iso to keep the noise down (i had some noise issues with one of the libraries!!), still drives me crazy. This shot looks like it has very little noise and is actually sharp!! HOW!!!??? ;-)
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
March 11, 2007
Image Size
256 KB
Resolution
533×800
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
5,683 (1 today)
Favourites
239 (who?)
Comments
118
Downloads
121

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Shutter Speed
45/1 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Aug 31, 2005, 10:01:03 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Sensor Size
3mm
×