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11.4.10

The woman photographer who braves temperatures of MINUS 20 to take stunning pictures of Northern Lights

A photographer has captured some of the most stunning examples of the Northern Lights ever seen.
Travelling each year to Northern Manitoba in Canada to capture the Aurora Borealis, Linda Drake braves temperatures of minus 20 degrees in search of that elusive perfect shot.
Making the pilgrimage to just south of the Arctic Circle, in March each year, the 40-year-old has developed a passion for the heavenly phenomenon.

Linda Drake uses a variety of different camera exposure times to 
photograph the spectacular lights
Linda Drake uses a variety of different camera exposure times to photograph the spectacular lights

'Most people travel to Churchill in Manitoba to photograph the polar bears coming out of hibernation in February and March, but I like to set up camp and wait each evening for the dancing lights and nature's most breathtaking show,' said the San Luis Obisto based photographer.
'It never ceases to amaze me how grand the shows of colour are and how each one differs so wildly from the last.
'Hopefully in these pictures I have managed to capture the beauty that has transfixed me.'

The photographer braves temperatures of minus 20c in Canada's 
northern Manitoba to capture the light shows
The photographer braves temperatures of minus 20c in Canada's northern Manitoba to capture the light shows

Usually catching the light shows between midnight and two in the morning, Linda uses a variety of different camera exposure times to photograph the aurora.
'Sometimes I leave the lens open for two to three seconds and on other occasions go for 30 seconds to one whole minute,' said Linda.
'The longest display of the northern lights that I have seen has lasted for up to two hours.'
Caused by photon emissions in the upper ionosphere around 50 miles up, the light shows are the result of ionised nitrogen atoms becoming excited by solar wind particles funnelling through the Earth's atmosphere.

The Northern Lights are the result of ionised nitrogen atoms 
becoming excited by solar wind particles funnelling through the Earth's 
atmosphere
The Northern Lights are the result of ionised nitrogen atoms becoming excited by solar wind particles funnelling through the Earth's atmosphere

'I have braved the coldest temperatures I have ever experienced to get these photographs,' said Linda.
'The way that the sky moves like an ocean current is mesmerising and takes my breath away.
'I have been doing this for four years now and hope to continue into the future with my northern light fascination.' 


The light shows typically take place between midnight and 2am
The light shows typically take place between midnight and 2am


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