Landscapes near Whitehorse

25 03 2013

My wife and I were up in Whitehorse to shoot the aurora two weeks ago  We spent some time driving around the area when the weather was nice… Here are some shots we took from a day outing around town:

1. Snowbound

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Frozen

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Signs of Spring

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Frozen Beauty

Around Whitehorse by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Tagish Lake Pano

Panorama of a lake near Carcross, YT by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The day’s pictures can all be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633081420715/with/8587573995/

I hope you enjoy the cold from the warmth of your home Winking smile

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Some wetland birds from Sunday

25 03 2013

It was supposed to be sunny yesterday.. I hate the weatherman.

Here’s what I could get, given the lighting and conditions of the day:

1. Male Wood duck – always a fave of mine

Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The ever present male Mallard

Male Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The diminutive Green-Winged Teal

Male Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Male Common Goldeneye

Male Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Male Ring-necked duck.

Male Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Fox sparrow to round out the set.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are more at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633085249094/with/8587395191/

Hope you enjoy them!





Aurora Borealis in Whitehorse!

17 03 2013

My wife and I headed up to Whitehorse last week with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. The first few nights were fruitless. Darned clouds and unhelpful magnetic field. The last three nights – 12,13,14 of March were fantastic. (by my standards at least) Each night, the lights were different one night low and bright, another they formed gossamer curtains of light that waved and danced high in the sky. Amazing!

Here are a few of the best shots (horizons are left crooked on purpose – didn’t want to lose any of the aurora light to a crop)

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8563402229/

I hope you enjoy it!

Things I learned while shooting.

  1. 1. Don’t fiddle with your camera or tripod with bare hands in -25C… Frostbite comes quickly and painfully.
  2. After focusing at 55mm, don’t forget to zoom back to 17mm before shooting.. Doh!
  3. It’s REALLY hard to see the horizon in the dark when your breath freezes on the viewfinder.
  4. Bring a spare set of keys so that when you lock one set in the vehicle with your phones you can still get off the lakeside in –25C.
  5. If you think you’ll be warm enough… bring more layers… you’re never TOO warm in –25C
  6. To take really cool shots, you need something that is a VERY wide angle lens.  We had 17mm on a 7D.  10mm on a 5DIII would be VERY cool!







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