2013 is reported to be a great year for aurora borealis photography because the sun is at a peak in the 11 year solar cycle. This has inspired many to make quests to destinations that offer high aurora viewing probabilities. In Alaska, Fairbanks becomes a landing point for many because of its northern latitude and a chance to see the aurora. I released my first eBook a few weeks ago titled “How to Photograph the Northern Lights” with the express purpose to empower photographers with the information to make their journey a success.
With that book project behind me, I’m now getting ready to get back in the field myself with hopeful anticipation for some clear skies and dancing northern lights. March is a great month to photograph in Alaska. Night time temperatures are still pretty chilly, but the sun pours forth a little warmth during the day. I’ve got a few new lenses to put through an aurora photography test and will hopefully have some comments to share about them in a few weeks. Specifically, I’ll be testing the 21mm Zeiss f/2.8 and the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4.
If you are at all serious about attempting to shoot the northern lights, check out my eBook. How I wish I had a resource like that when I first started. It would have saved me not only many hours of trial and error, but many dollars as well.