Photo by @jonathan_irish
// The beautiful Aurora Borealis (northern lights) appeared overhead the other night as we were cruising on a Nat Geo expedition ship in a remote fjord in western Greenland. It’s always a treat to see this beautiful, otherworldly display. The show was mesmerizing, as the lights danced all over the sky. What’s particularly interesting about this image is that we were on a moving ship, so it was shot handheld. A tripod would have been useless, as we were moving and it would have transferred the engine rumble to the camera. I didn’t think I’d come away with much, as you usually need a long exposure and a tripod to capture this spectacle. But pushing the iso up into the 6400 range, with a wide, fast lens, and a half second shutter speed, I walked away with some keepers. My hit rate was maybe one out of thirty, but that’s good enough for an otherwise impossible situation. It just goes to prove, today’s cameras and lenses are pretty incredible pieces of equipment that can handle extreme situations. By the way, can you spot the face in the aurora, above the highest peak? Follow me @jonathan_irish
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