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"Fairbanks Aurora 2"

Fairbanks, Alaska March 18, 2004
Kodak Portra Professional Film
ISO 800 color negative film -- normal development
Pentax Spotmatic camera with 50mm lens at f/1.4 / ~45 second exposure


On Thursday, March 18, 2004 we arrived in Fairbanks, rented a car and drove to our selected B&B. After arrival, we "scouted" for a slightly out-of-town location to view and photograph the Aurora. Our selected spot was along the Chena Ridge / Chena Pump Road. The ambient air temperature was somewhat below zero, perhaps minus 5-10 degrees F. I have chosen to label these photos as taken on 3/18/04 --and have also chosen to use this nomenclature throughout the presentation -- when in reality many shots were taken at midnight or slightly after. In general we found the Aurora to be most active between 10 P.M. and 2 A. M. local Alaskan time.

(Additional photos from the March 18th Aurora experience can be accessed by using this text link to a supplemental gallery.)

The 2004 Aurora Borealis astrophotography is available via telephone ordering as noted below.


Please call 303.903.9886 to place your order.


All images and narratives copyright Willis Greiner, all rights reserved.

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