Photo Tips for Capturing the Northern Lights

I frequently get asked for tips on how to photograph the aurora borealis. Capturing the dancing lights is a fine science of checking the data, ensuring you have optimal conditions, knowing your gear, and being ready to wait… and wait… and wait. It takes patience to capture that green glow and come home with images you’re happy with. Here are some of my best tips:

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11 Larch Tree Images to Ring in Fall

Larch trees are one of the only conifers that do not lay claim to the β€˜evergreen’ title. These unique trees are well known for lighting up fall in Canadian Rockies by turning their regularly green, soft, needles vibrant yellow, before shedding them completely to tuck in for winter.

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10 Years, 10 Photos: Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Here are 10 highlights of one decade of adventure photography in the heart of the Canadian Rockies!

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Iconic Rockies Winter Photo Tour 2019

DATES: January 18-22, 2019 INSTRUCTORS: PAUL ZIZKA + WAYNE SIMPSON Spend four luxurious nights in the majestic Canadian Rockies! Make the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise your ultimate winter base camp while you capture the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and fine-tune your skills under the guidance of experienced photographers on this once-in-a-lifetime photography tour.

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10 Favourite Places to Shoot the Northern Lights

I’ll admit it: the northern lights are intoxicating. For many years I’ve been drawn to cold, northerly destinations, both as a photographer and an adventurer. And beyond the desolate beauty and landscapes of these locations, whether it’s Greenland or Canada’s northern territories, it’s icing on the cake that they also provide us with the best opportunities to shoot the aurora borealis.Β 

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Behind the Image: Emergence

After a night shooting the northern lights, and running around to try to find breaks in the cloud cover, I finally decided to return to the Naiset Huts to catch a nap since I could no longer escape the clouds. Just as I was about the enter the cabin (which was already nearly full of fast-asleep people), I spotted a few stars glowing above the mountains.

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Journey Through the Torngat Mountains

Tucked into one of the most remote parts of Canada lies one of the last frontiers for landscape photographers and explorers alike: the Torngat Mountains. The area is an incredibly wild mix that fires up the imagination: Norway-like fjords, glacier remnants (and the associated turquoise lakes), a healthy polar bear population, jagged icebergs freshly arrived from Greenland, aurora-filled skies, cultural treasures, archeological gems, rich marine life, and some of the highest, most rugged peaks in all of Eastern Canada.

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Classic Canadian Rockies Calendar (2017) Now Available!

Enjoy the best the Canadian Rockies have to offer through a collection of Paul Zizka’s classic photographs from this spectacular region. This large-format (11″ x 13″), 12-month calendar features a dramatic and varied array of Rockies landscape images – from aurora-filled skies to fiery sunsets, snow-capped peaks and jaw-dropping mountain vistas.

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