Yukon Light


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Beautiful time lapse videography in the Yukon – September. 2013


Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in th...

Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in the skies around the North Pole, the Northern Lights, from Bear Lake, Alaska (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

(2:50 minutes)


In September 2013 I (David McColm) headed to the Yukon with my buddy Jon Paine for 11 days of discovery. Most of this movie was shot during our 5 nights camping in Tombstone Territorial Park as well as along the Dempster & Alaska highways. While we experienced everything from driving rain, wind & snow (in the alpine), when the skies cleared and then the northern lights came out … well, there are few words that do justice to such an experience. I’ll just start with ‘mind.blown’! On a personal note, to be able to share it with Jon added immensely to the experience – not only was he the chief cook and bottle washer, he was a great sport & simply fun to hang out with – especially on the not so sunny days! And thank you Sue for loaning his skills to me!

The Yukon is now under my skin and I will be back for many years to come. See you in 2014 – with possibly a few others 🙂

Technical stuff: Gear – Nikon D3s & D4, 14-24 f/2.8, 24 f/1.4, 50 f/1.8, 70-200 VRII f/2.8; max ISO was 3200 for the dark skies; f-Stop Satori pack (not recommended for this situation); Gitzo tripod; MEC tent, sleeping bag, other gear; Arc’teryx to keep me warm & dry

Music: “She Is Not Alone” – licensed

Other linked references:

Aurora (astronomy) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aurora Forecast | Geophysical Institute

Aurora Borealis – Image Results

Aurora FAQ – Aeronomy and Auroral Physics at the GI

Aurora Borealis – Video Results

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