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Emerald City by Thomas-Koidhis Emerald City by Thomas-Koidhis
I really wasn't going to upload this one. I just put it on my flickr because..well I'm a little more conservative on DA..I guess? I only post the ones I'm somewhat proud of. Not that I'm not proud of every shot I suppose, in some way..But I definitely don't post everything here. I have tons of random handhelds and stuff that I plan to upload to scraps just to see what people think.

Anyway, this photo has some grain that annoys me, as do some of my others. My own fault for shooting at ridiculous ISO's. I plan on toning it down a bit in future shots.

What I do like about this one is Jupiter, a very bright "star" obscured a bit by the lower curtains of aurora, above the dark cloud on the treeline. Scientists and Astronomers say that Jupiter is in a way the giant guardian for Earth. Its immense gravity often sucks in and flings away giant asteroids and comets, some of which could be on collision courses with Earth. Of course, it could never stop everything, but nonetheless, it reduces the chances of widespread destruction here. Thanks, Jupiter. You can keep your Emerald City...you earned it.

Anyway, enjoy, download, tear apart, critique, gimme your thoughts! I give photos for thoughts instead of pennies.
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:iconsharquelle:
Sharquelle Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love the fluffy, smoke-like contrast of the clouds with the light of the aurora here. :)
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
I live for clouds backlit by aurora :3
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:iconsharquelle:
Sharquelle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I could order those on Ebay... but each time they say they don't deliver auroras to my country. :giggle:
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Alkraas Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing photo! :o
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:iconjamesknoke:
JamesKnoke Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely!
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:iconben-kelevra:
Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
featured in GREEN
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
:)
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:iconjassy2012:
Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
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ValenceFlame98 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! is the scientific term for this "aurora"?
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Yes, and depending on the pole that the aurora is situated on it is suffixed by either Borealis (for the northern pole) or Australis for the southern. Thanks for having a look!
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amourama Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's just unbelievable, what nature is able to.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Definitely :) Thanks so much for looking, and sorry for taking forever to respond. Had like 10k messages in my inbox, kinda let that go lmao...
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thank you so much. So very sorry for the late reply...It's a terrible thing I do sometimes, neglecting my social networks...Hermiting!
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo ;)
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:iconcheryona:
Cheryona Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those colors O__O
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
:)
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:iconfinding-equilibrium:
finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooohhhh

so beautiful!
I love your aura shots! :D
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Glad you enjoy!
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:iconalygabbard:
alygabbard Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
wow it's true you learn something new every day thanks for sharing!:)
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
It's my pleasure! Thank you!
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:iconalygabbard:
alygabbard Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
You're welcome.:D
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Possibly the most breathtaking image I have ever seen.


Thats a freakin' cracker dude!!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   General Artist
I love so much the colors ^^
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bitteryetsweet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
It's like a purified soul turning into arrow shooting up high into the sky beyond the stars!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
:)
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:iconali-gee:
ali-gee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very beautiful shot! I was wondering if you could tell me a little about it. What kind of exposure did you use etc.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Well, I used a very sensitive ISO setting to get as short a shutter speed as I could here in order to keep the most shape and detail in the aurora I could. You can see my exact settings to the bottom right where the exif is shown :)
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful. I have no words for it.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Thank you!
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:iconmidgarzolom:
MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
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OmegaMoth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Oh, this is so beautiful! I'm glad you decided to post it on Deviant Art because it is a stunning capture!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thank you for saying so :) I haven't regretted posting it yet as everyone seems to love it, though I still cringe at the noise patterns! hehe...Am happy you enjoy.
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Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am pleased to see you overcame your doubts about posting this shot. To me it is absolutely amazing. I can only imagine what the lights look like in real lfe, but you have captured the scene as I have always envisaged it in my mind. Truly wonderful and thank you for sharing it.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
I can say in honesty that as much as you like this image (thank you so much :)) it doesn't much do the real thing justice when they are showing some real activity like this. I am happy to share, and I hope you'll have the chance to have the experience in person. Some people say it gets old and I disagree
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Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you and I hope so too
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steppingskyward Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
by "tear apart"...does that mean I can maybe borrow some of the colors in here to make a palette in a digital drawing?
I'm mentally challenged when it comes to picking out the correct aurora colors, so I thought maybe I'd try using a method I picked up from another artist where you pick your color palette from an actual photo of something similar to what you are drawing.
Being that I usually like posting my failed attempts on here...
Most photographers I've met are ok with people using they're drawings for references/ect., but i couldn't find anywhere that said whether or not you were against it, and I just wanted to see if it was ok with you.
It it's not I won't do it, so no worries :)
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I will have to write something up to specify hehe...it's so hard, there's so many circumstances to cover. I didn't mean that by tear apart, but if it's all the same to you then that's awesome! If I understand correctly, you want to use only the colors to help realize your own works. I have never heard of that before but that's very intriguing. You are completely welcome to do so, as nature borrowed me her colors in the first place. It would only be fair to pass them along. I would love to see what you create :)
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steppingskyward Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very helpful to artists who want to practice drawing from real photos...sometimes stock just doesn't quite capture the effect of real well-done photography ^^;
And yes, I am only going to use the picture to create a color palette (basically you take the picture you're using into photoshop and stab away with the eyedropper tool), not a reference.
Thank you so much!
I'll send you a link when i finish...which will be awhile...(i have no idea how well it'll turn out, so set very low standards for the final result ^^;)
And I'll be sure to credit you as well in the comments, no worries! :D
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Hollykinz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Oh.My.Heck.

This blew my mind.
where was this shot?

It's INCREDIBLE!!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
It was taken at the overlook at the Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park :) Glad you enjoy!
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ascenciok Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredibly gorgeous photo. Featured here [link]
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Thanks so much!
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have never seen an aurora this is so cool. Well I have on TV but not so I could photograph it. That is a beautiful shot. You have something to be proud of and if you weren't going to put this up well we would have missed out on a great photo of a beautiful atmospheric optic. I am definitely going to look at your gallery to see the other beautiful photos you must have there.
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Featured:) [link]
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Thanks so much!
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
My pleasure!:)
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inventionary Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
At ISO 6400 this is a beautiful shot. I guess it's owing to the full frame camera sensor.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
It is a wonderful machine for sure!
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