Warm colors of the approaching sunrise signaled the start of a new day but the aurora had fantastic colors of its own and it did not relenquish the sky easily. On this morning, it would take the very strongest twilight of late dawn to finally overpower the bright and colorful northern lights.
Several hours earlier, the sun had released a flare, amongst the largest ever recorded, and now, upon reching the Earth it had resulted in a spectacular night of activity. After photographing all night long, it looked like the show was over around 5:30 a.m. I packed up my gear but upon returning home around 6:30 I could see that the aurora had yet one more performance to give.
The lights were gathering strength even as the dawn was approaching. All I could do was to grab a couple cameras and head into the back yard for a better view. I had woke my wife up and now she came out to see what all the ruckus was about.
As she took in the awesome colorful sight I knew that there were no apologies neccasary for the early morning disturbance.
I used a 6x9cm. home-built medium-format camera with a 50mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E100VS film to record the colorful dawn.
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