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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Top Of Grouse Grind

Redux for some of you, my faithful followers.

Updated and re posted from Friday, Sept 11, 2013

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The Golden Hour
August 20, 2013
by Stan G. Webb

Photographic shoot on the top of Grouse Mountain [http://grousemountain.com/] from 5 to 10:30 P.M . Glad I took an extra sweater; forgot about all of the mosquitoes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito] and no-see-ums http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-see-ums] that would be waiting to eat me alive…forgot my Muskol [http://www.muskol.com/index_en.htm]. Took lots of photographs and videographs that I will get around to posting, in a while. Photographers call the hour after sunrise and the one hour before sunset The Golden Hour. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_hour_%28photography%29]

Music: Run Down – Bounty; followed by Pavane – Repose

“The Grouse Grind® is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature‘s Stairmaster.”

This trail is very challenging. Keep in mind that there is a wide range of mountaintop trails that might better suit the average hiker.

For trail hours, check Current Conditions. [http://www.grousemountain.com/current…]

Trail Facts
Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
Total Stairs: 2,830
Statistics: Annually, over 100,000 people hike the trail.
Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.
Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split.”

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Enjoy a self-guided tour through six neighbourhoods of New Westminster with this Be sure to stop in at the Herb House Rose Garden.

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Professional Photography – a reality check, from That “NIKON” Guy – Matt Granger

Published on Dec 25, 2012

Considering going ‘PRO’? Excited by the glamour? Here are 6 tips or reality checks, about what it REALLY involves.

PS: Matt Granger, That “NIKON” Guy, is a successful commercial professional photographer. He has a wide range of previous business and career experience (economist, writer, communications, project manager). I’ve always enjoyed Matt’s Australian ‘down-to-earth’ professional teaching style.

Preparing Your Cameras and Gear for the Apocalypse

Matt Granger is, I think, one of Australia’s Best Photographic Instructors. He is well rehearsed and very, very professional. He has a wonderful teaching style, and a cheeky ‘tongue-in-cheek‘ mannerism when it comes to the Apocalypsebut, he is dead serious about teaching photography. With a slangy down-to-earth presentation; some people might think he swears a lot (what would you expect of an Aussie?). He has, in my opinion, a great sense of humour and presence. Not only do I find his presentations fun to watch – but I learn many things.

>> Sound On – This best viewed in FULL SCREEN (the small icon at the bottom right of this video). If you only have a slow speed Internet connection you may want to wait until you have access to a high speed connection (IE: WiFi Hotspot – at a nearby restaurant or library).

How to photograph the Apocalypse

Published on Dec 6, 2012

“The end is near – here are Matt’s top tips to survive and get great [photographic] shots of this once in a lifetime occurrence.“

For the most part I don’t allow advertizing or promotions on my website. But, I do recognize that younger folks have to make a living. You’ll get to Matt’s hyperlinks by watch his video directly on YouTube [click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right of the above video], and the Show more, thatnikonguy, or a direct to the link to the YouTube posting of this video: http://youtu.be/X0UeRmIwLvA

On my own YouTube channel I did click a ‘like button” for this video.

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