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 ‘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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The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered (Book Trailer)

The Canadian Rockies: Rediscovered provides a freshly curated selection featuring 200 of Zizka’s best mountain photography and elevates the Canadian Rockies to new, unimaginable heights.

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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. 

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Trailer Release: In the Starlight

A few years ago, French filmmaker Mathieu Le Lay reached out to me with the idea for a film. Little did we know that the journey to capture footage would take us to the top of Mt. Whitehorn here in the Canadian Rockies, twice to the remote glaciers and fjors of Greenland and to the desert dunes of Namibia. I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the trailer of the film, which premieres on Ushuaïa TV this month. Follow In the Starlight on Facebook for updates on more screenings!

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Canadian Creatives: Our Favourite Images

Just under a year ago I teamed up with fellow Canadian photographers, Dave Brosha and John Marriott, to launch Canadian Creatives, a collective that aims to celebrate creativity in Canadian photography, and that showcases the best images from across the country and across several genres.

The initiative first started out on Instagram, and has been quick to gather attention on there. Over the last few months, we added to our team of curators some of the most talented and versatile photographers in Canada: Joel Robison, Viktoria Haack, Wayne Simpson and Lanny & Erika Mann.

To kick off 2016, we thought we would create a joint blog showcasing an image by one of our fellow Canadian Creative curators. We were each randomly given a name and it was our task to choose a 2015 image from that person, and then say a few words about why we felt it was cutting-edge, compelling work.

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Photo Series: Nighttime Climbing in the Canadian Rockies

Hello everyone, and thanks for visiting the blog! The purpose of this post is simply to share a few photographs of a subject I’ve truly enjoyed tackling in the last few months: night climbing. These images are from a few different outings, which were all memorable nights out in the mountains. From fully overcast to incredibly…

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2013 in 113 images – A Photo Narrative

Hello everyone! I hope 2013 was a fantastic year for you all.

I have been just amazed by all the support I have received this year. Thank you so, so much to everyone who took time to view the photographs and to interact through the social media channels. Initially I had so many great intentions for this traditional end-of-year post – thoughts on the state of photography, the trends of the photo business, what I’ve learned this year, what I hope to implement in 2014. Then we ended up moving houses here in Banff between Christmas and New Year’s, and with only a few hours left to 2013, and just barely enough room to type among all the boxes in this new office, I might just keep the post very photo-heavy. I hope you don’t mind, and I still hope to share those other thoughts throughout the coming year!

2013 was a wonderful, overwhelming, busy, fun-filled year for Paul Zizka Photography. Let me give you an overview of what happened using a few photographs…

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