Canadian Aurora Borealis
We've written before about our friend Noel of Bow Valley Photography, based in Canmore, Alberta. He's a huge lover of the outdoors and often goes out on overnight expeditions, capturing some of the most beautiful alpine photography. And so, when he sent us his latest series from last Friday's Aurora Borealis show, we just had to share it with all of you.
"I have been chasing the Northern Lights for a few years now, most times coming up empty-handed, or having to settle for a dim display because of Canmore's southern location. When the Aurora does show up, you have to be ready. Sometimes it lasts only a few minutes, and if you're screwing around with gear or having to change or add layers, that's valuable shooting time you are losing out on and can very easily cause you to miss THE shot.
I exclusively use Arc'teryx because it is the gear that helps me get it done and come out of the mountains with photos like these. On this night I found myself shooting in locations such as the side of Mount Rundle and under a waterfall, with about an hour and a half spent wading around freezing waters of the Bow River to get those images with the reflections.
I made it to nine locations that night, and you're not simply walking around getting these photos. Many of them are not easily accessible and it's a lot of hard work to get to all of them in a single night like that. Because of Arc'teryx, I was able to travel light and fast, while keeping warm and dry on a cold damp night. Thanks again for the help, and giving me one less thing to worry about while out doing this."
We are absolutely honoured that our gear comes along for these adventures, especially when the result is such amazing photography. You can see more of it on the Arc'teryx and Bow Valley Photography Facebook pages, including a great shot where Noel was able to capture the passing International Space Station – have a look!