Several years ago I started a project I called “Imagine”. The purpose of this project was to entice Canadians to see more of Canada by showing them images of some of the beautiful places in Canada and asking them to “Imagine” what it would be like if they were standing in that spot. I have always thought that so many Canadians tend to travel to the Caribbean, or to Mexico or the US instead of staying here in our incredibly beautiful county. There is so much to see and do in this country and yet so few Canadians actually “see” it.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday I have put together a video of images I have taken across Canada. I hope you enjoy these images and that you can visit some of the stunning places that these images come from.
This is a shot from above the Yellowknife River on Sunday night in -40 + wind chill temperatures. It is composed of 59 images, each image is 30 seconds long, f2.8, ISO 1600. The images are stacked. There is a shooting star on the left.
The Auroras were not as strong tonight as last night but it was still wonderful to see them once again! I am flying out very early in the morning. I had a wonderful experience here and met some fantastic people!
Tonight I had a dream come true! The Aurora Borealis showed up in all its glory here in Yellowknife. It put on an incredible show! I have never seen anything like it. Dancing across the sky, shimmering and wavering, it was truly a spectacle. I simply stood there in awe, watching as the light swirled and danced! I finally remembered to start taking some images! A little while later the almost full moon made an appearance as well. I could not have asked for a more incredible night of photography! This shot is yours truly, lying down on the frozen lake, the Auroras and the moon lighting up the sky!
After a few hours of classroom discussion this evening our group headed out to a location barely seconds from the hotel. We already were aware that this evening was quite cloudy and the Northern Lights were probably not going to show up. However the next 2 evenings we have a much better chance as the forecasts are calling for clear skies. This evening in minus 39 temperatures before adding in the wind chill, the emphasis was on being able to focus in the dark and being able to work with your camera in the extreme cold. A short time after arriving at the frozen lake, I happened to look up into the sky and noticed at first one band and then a 2nd band of green light across the sky. The lights did show up, however very briefly.
I have arrived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It is a balmy -50 here with the wind chill…brrrr! We are looking forward to starting our night sky workshop tomorrow with a bunch of other crazy photographers! 🙂
This is a shot out of the plane window as we were coming in for a landing into Yellowknife.