WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010


Kent Miklenda, Australia

Celestial cathedral

The aurora borealis - here taking place in the night sky over the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway - 'was a sublime experience,' says Kent, who shared the awe that our ancestors surely felt when observing the cosmic display. 'Standing under the brilliant roof of stars and shimmering curtains of light was evocative of being in a kind of celestial cathedral.' The natural physics behind the phenomenon is also impressive, involving atomic collisions of the solar winds and the Earth's magnetic field lines creating ionizing gases that flux and glow in the atmosphere.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III + 16-35mm f2.8 II lens; 38 sec at f2.8; ISO 400; Manfrotto 555B carbon tripod + levelling head + ballhead; Wimberley Arca-Swiss-style QR clamp; Kirk L-Bracket; Yongnuo radio-remote shutter release.

Lofoten Islands, Norway: latitude 68.1667, longitude 13.75 Lofoten Islands, Norway: latitude 68.1667, longitude 13.75

Lofoten Islands, Norway

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