After a magnificent fireworks display on the grounds of the University of Fairbanks, a friend and I moved east by about 7 miles to watch a spectacular New Years Eve Aurora Borealis display. I spent four nights staking out this neighborhood to use as a foreground. The snow that covered the trees a few nights ago was now gone due to warmer than normal temperatures, as high as 40 degrees F during the day. I’m not really sure if 2015 went out with a bang or if 2016 had a remarkable start.
Alaskans love to shoot off fireworks and they did a great job to accompany the sky as it stayed lit until 4 a.m.
I captured these images on the Canon 5DS R, Canon 5D Mark III and real time video on the 4 million ISO Canon ME20F-sh video camera, (Footage will be posted in another blog post here shortly) with Canon EF 14mm 2.8 L lens, EF 11-24 mm f/4, the Canon 24 mm t1.5 Cine Lens and the 70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS lens. All of the imagery was written to Delkin Devices CF 1050x UDMA 7 cards and SD600x SD cards.
Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 60 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing landscapes, professional sports, and people.
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