7 hours ago
Congratulations @marcadamus for this stunning shot 😍
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Seven years ago, I went to Canada's Far North to test what I had learned about Aurora shooting at night and focus stacking, which was a new enough concept at the that I hadn't even heard that name for it yet. It was a time of great discovery in photography. I had a working ISO 3200 for the first time too. It was a lot of fun, a lot of imaging what was now possible. Today, I wondered also what the image might look like with more modern processing, taking advantage of the luminous screens we view, so I did a little work on the original and also made it fit the 4x5.
Having walked/snowshoed in 20 miles the year before, I helicoptered in this year for 12 days. There I hiked for hours every day and detailed the place over many miles. I made camp right here, actually! I had ascended thousands of feet with heavy pack across boulderer fields covered in deep snow, and for part of 4 days I was hoping this ice wouldn't melt or break off! Finally, in the light of the half moon around eleven I shot the great Monolith, aurora dancing all around.
I shot the image at f/2.8, 25 seconds for the sky, not the settings I would use today. I then spent the next 1 hour focus stacking icicles at f/5.6, also not what I would do today. But in -20C temps lying almost upside down in a snowbank barely able to reach my camera, it worked and still would work now.