Wallpaper Monday

Aurora by Woodend

Winner of the Earth and Space category and overall Winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2014 — a glorious aurora photo by James Woodend. You can read more about it on the Greenwich Observatory’s page, and look at many more gorgeous photos while you’re at it.

For me, it’s the arc of light and its reflection that make this photo. There are a zillion beautiful aurora photos out there, but the symmetry in this one stands out.

(Click the image to borealize.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Cathy White says:

    That looks like a spaceship. I must admit that seeing photos like this and the lighthouse one from a few days ago, I wonder how much of it is original photo and how much has been achieved with the computer. With the lighthouse it won a competition but it was a composite of two pics. That, to me, seems a bit like cheating. I still imagine someone with their trusty camera camping out to get the perfect pic lol.

    • oregon expat says:

      I think for this one, there really was a photographer camping out with his trusty camera. The specifics on the photo are: Canon 5D Mk III camera, 33mm f/3.2 lens, ISO 1000, 10-second exposure. That combo would definitely produce the image above. Given the very high ISO, there might have been some post-processing to reduce digital noise, but other than that…I’m willing to believe.

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