Montana Skies by grizzlysghost

Montana Skies

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Stars, clouds, and Aurora Borealis :)

The Aurora Borealis has been active lately so I went to the park at 3am in hopes to capture it. There were scattered clouds, but the lake was smooth and the stars were out, so I set up for sequence shooting. I honestly didn't notice the aurora until I processed the images later; and when all put together the colors appeared.

I put together a time-lapse video here if you are so inclined to watch it :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAqNElm-fVg&feature=youtu.be

*Composite of 59 30-second exposures, 500 ISO, f/4.

PP 30 June 2013:
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-06-30at102611PM_zps8250f17a.png

T20, #1, Week 160, 5 July 2013
crikey! fav!
June 30th, 2013  
Way too beautiful fav
June 30th, 2013  
Oh wow! You get the aurora as well? What a place to live!
June 30th, 2013  
This is absolutely fabulous fav fav fav. The video doesn't show any of that fabulousness. What were the flashes of light toward the bottom of the pictures?
June 30th, 2013  
great shot!!
June 30th, 2013  
wow! this is awesome!
June 30th, 2013  
Ambitious and awesome.
June 30th, 2013  
@tigerdreamer Thanks Karen! The lights on the right were from two vehicles passing on the road (over a 30-minute period). The lights reflected in the lake bottom center are reflected stars :)
June 30th, 2013  
Fav!
June 30th, 2013  
This looks super cool - makes me think of a laser light show!
June 30th, 2013  
Incredible!
June 30th, 2013  
Lovely
June 30th, 2013  
Wow. This is awesome.
June 30th, 2013  
Great photo getting up at 3am was worth it. A Fav for me.
June 30th, 2013  
blimey! superbulous, a fave
June 30th, 2013  
Wow...just Wow. Fabulous colors in that sky...huge fav for me =)
June 30th, 2013  
Spectacular!
June 30th, 2013  
WOW - instant FAV for me. Well worth getting up in the middle of the night
June 30th, 2013  
wow, this is a amazing photo, fav.
June 30th, 2013  
stunning!
June 30th, 2013  
Wow, this is beautiful. Fav!
June 30th, 2013  
whoa!!! that's a stunning view
June 30th, 2013  
Wow! is all I can come up with. Awesome!
June 30th, 2013  
Opal sky beautiful picture. A Fav
June 30th, 2013  
Wonderful movement!
June 30th, 2013  
Awesome. Fav
June 30th, 2013  
nice job
June 30th, 2013  
very cool and the time lapse if fab :)
June 30th, 2013  
Fav... Fab
June 30th, 2013  
Wow, great capture. Fav.
June 30th, 2013  
I'll add my fav to it too - this picture will go far!
June 30th, 2013  
Fabulous, fav, love it, wow!!
June 30th, 2013  
Wow..just that. I'm stunned
June 30th, 2013  
Crikey, indeed! Another fave! What incredible images!
June 30th, 2013  
pretty awesome, we where watching the same sky last night near missoula. didn't see the aurora though, quite a few shooting stars though.

gj on this capture.
July 1st, 2013  
Spectacular! fave
July 1st, 2013  
Wow. Unique. FAV!
July 1st, 2013  
Amazing photo, would love to be able to do this. Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Amazing and a huge FAV!
July 1st, 2013  
Awesome!
July 1st, 2013  
Stunning shot! A fav.
July 1st, 2013  
It reminds me of a show we went to see called the enchanted forest, it was quite spectacular as well. fav
July 1st, 2013  
That's insane, not sure I have words to describe how cool that photo is :)
July 1st, 2013  
Amazing and wonderful! fav
July 1st, 2013  
Simply amazing. Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Wow. Just amazing. Fav.
July 1st, 2013  
so cool!!
July 1st, 2013  
wow, amazing capture and color effect... fav
July 1st, 2013  
Wow this is just spectacular!
July 1st, 2013  
Stunning!
July 1st, 2013  
Wonderful shot! I love it!
July 1st, 2013  
This is completely stunning - surreal colors!
July 1st, 2013  
REALLY AWESOME, THAT NICE!
July 1st, 2013  
Ria
Fav I miss those;))
July 1st, 2013  
Amazing.
July 1st, 2013  
Wow -- I have to fav right back! This is an awesome image.
July 1st, 2013  
Awesome what a great shot. Well done
July 1st, 2013  
Amazing!!
July 1st, 2013  
Oh wow, what a fantastic shot!! Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Fabulous! Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Mindblowing! Breathtaking! Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Wow this is brilliant! Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Amazing shot - stunning colours for the aurora
July 1st, 2013  
Sue
Stunning!!! Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Great shot Aaron!
July 1st, 2013  
faved....liked!!!
July 1st, 2013  
Breath-taking fav!
July 1st, 2013  
Instant fav. Wonderful colors! Must give this a try when I've grown up as a photographer!
July 1st, 2013  
Fav.
July 1st, 2013  
Wow!
July 1st, 2013  
SHUT UP!!! Aaron, this is amazing!! A favorite of mine.
July 1st, 2013  
awesome!!
July 1st, 2013  
Stunning capture ...... has to be a fav :D
July 1st, 2013  
it's magic!FAV*)
July 1st, 2013  
Wow...gorgeous!
July 1st, 2013  
A Fav. I have never seen this. Really beautiful.
July 1st, 2013  
Fabulously fav :)
July 1st, 2013  
OMG! FAV!
July 1st, 2013  
WOW! Fav!
July 1st, 2013  
You need another fave on here.
July 1st, 2013  
@cdonohoue Cathy, I think he needs another FAV on here even with yours! What do you think? ;0)
July 2nd, 2013  
Just gorgeous. I love the light trails combined with the comp and the aurora.
July 2nd, 2013  
Omg! FAV!
July 2nd, 2013  
wow, amazing.
July 2nd, 2013  
Magnificent shot Aaron. I know the light trails are real but is the color in sky too or effects? Either way awesome and a Fav!
July 2nd, 2013  
Brilliant capture!! Fav!!
July 2nd, 2013  
@michaelelliott Thanks Michael! The colors in the sky are from the Aurora Borealis which is very active right now (the sun's activity is at an 11-year high). The colors of the aurora are bouncing off the clouds as they pass.
July 2nd, 2013  
Fav - now you are just showing off. This has so many kinds of awesome in it, I don't know where to look.
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow! Fav
July 3rd, 2013  
Wow, love this! Fav!
July 4th, 2013  
So, your time lapse video is of the same 59 images? And here, they're stacked? I've got to try this... totally incredible! Thanks for posting such inspiring images.
July 4th, 2013  
Also -- so cool that your camera picked up the aurora in the composite, can't see any sign of it in the time lapse either - did you have to pull them out in post?
July 4th, 2013  
Fav - too much wonderful! I need a little lie down!
July 4th, 2013  
@yellowdog Yep, same images! And I did tweak the contrast a bit post so the colors would stand out more.
July 4th, 2013  
Wow, this is spectacular!!!! It's like all the things I've tried to do in one photo...haha. This is really amazing, love the reflection in the water too.
July 4th, 2013  
Great to mix the aurora and star trails.
July 4th, 2013  
congrats on #1
July 6th, 2013  
Numero Uno! Congrats! This is a great image!
July 6th, 2013  
Congrats on the TT! Such a fantastic image!
July 6th, 2013  
OMG Aaron this is amazing and huge congrats on #1. This is fabulous and of course a huge fav!
July 6th, 2013  
Awesome Aaron, fav, and congrats on #1 -- this is so beautiful on so many levels.
July 6th, 2013  
So stunning. Well done on the TT
July 6th, 2013  
Congrats Aaron on the TT #1
July 6th, 2013  
Congrats on #1!
July 6th, 2013  
Caz
Brilliant ! Congrats on TT #1 !
July 6th, 2013  
Congrats on #1 Aaron!
July 6th, 2013  
Congrats on the no 1 spot :)
July 6th, 2013  
Congrats on TT #1, so deserved, love this shot!
July 6th, 2013  
Many congrats on #1 Aaron - been away so missed this - such a fantastic image - spectacular! : ) fav
July 6th, 2013  
Meg
fav! fantastic!!
July 6th, 2013  
All I can say is WOW! Fav
July 6th, 2013  
What! This is truly stunning, Aaron! Wow! Another Fav on that pile you have! Congrats on the #1 spot this week!
July 7th, 2013  
Yay for #1. An awesome shot!!!!
July 8th, 2013  
Can't believe I missed this shot. Just caught it in the TT. Congrats on #1.
It's a magnificent capture. Fav too :))
July 9th, 2013  
I'm so behind on looking and commenting. I am floored by this shot! Simply stunning. Another fav, you must be getting blase about them! :-)
July 17th, 2013  
Wow! Star trails and aurora! Impressive!!!! Wow a fav
August 31st, 2013  
August 31st, 2013  
Amazing FAV -- I appreciate you sharing your settings, in case I get to see an Aurora Borealis at 3am some day in my life!
October 27th, 2013  
This is absolutely amazing!!
January 3rd, 2014  
That is a fabulous shot! FAV! Montana is so beautiful!
January 3rd, 2014  
Wow! Fav...!
January 6th, 2014  
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