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Aurora Dragon. by Trichardsen Aurora Dragon. by Trichardsen
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Another night of chasing the northern lights, yesterday was very good but just too cloudy, today was not that bad either and finaly some break in the clouds.


Moved a bit slower today so managed to get a proper pano shot ( 3 shots ).

Nikon D90 with Tokina 11-16mm lens, Iso 1250, 8 seconds.
Cool color edit.

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I'm not very good at writing critiques, so I hope you don't mind if I answer my own questions

Whats the first thing you notice? The colors, how bright and beautiful they are, then I notice the stars, the clouds at the bottom of the picture, and also the silhouette of the tree.
What do you like the most? The colors, they are all quite beautiful, and I really like the tree
The least? Maybe the clouds in the bottom, just seem kind of out of place
What could make it better? Nothing that I can think of, it's a beautiful picture, great capture, and amazingly shot.
Whats the first thing you thought when you saw this? Wow that's breathtaking
What made you click this image? You commented on my post^^
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
24 out of 24 deviants thought this was fair.

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This I think will be my very first critique on any art piece, so bear with me on this.

This work speaks more than a thousand or even a million words at the view of nature, one not many get to see unless you live in a part of the world where the Northern Lights are apart of your life. As a resident of an area where the Northern Lights appear from time to time (Alaska; I know this picture was taken elsewhere though lol), for me, this speaks volumes and reminds me of how beautiful nature truly can be.

One thing that stands out is the transition of the sky. You see the colors of how the night sky would appear normally on any given occasion. The next thing you see Nature do her work with mixing colors to create such spectacular lighting that it has you wonder if your mind is truly playing tricks on you. Seeing an aurora in a picture is one thing. Seeing one in person opens up another realm in your mind and your perception of Nature. Seeing this picture gives a smile to me due to it not only reminding me of when I very first saw an aurora, but it also has me hope I will ever see such shapes in them.

I gave this picture five stars across the board on everything for the following reasons:

Vision: The detail is crisp and clear. To be able to catch an aurora is difficult, unless you have the right camera. Even at that, one would have to pray that it comes out spectacular. This one came out not only spectacular, but it came out looking epic.

Originality: I gave this five stars because this is the first I've seen of a dragon in the Northern Lights. You can literally see the dragon in this, which makes it memorable. Other reason is dragons are a favorite animal for me :)

Technique: Again, five stars because of this photographer having the right equipment for the job, has impeccable timing to catch the Northern Lights at just the right moment showing the shape of the dragon, and also picked one hell of a location that makes it all the more stellar than most pictures one can find on the Northern Lights.

Impact: This got five because of what I think it does for me. This is one photographer, I will say, that has got himself a lifetime fan from me due to how this picture brought back the perfect memory of my first viewing of the Northern Lights. As mentioned, seeing an aurora up close and personal is indescribable and this photographer has caught that moment and feeling for me in so many ways.

Overall, this is one picture I would recommend people viewing at least once, if not more than that, just so everyone can see what a truly lovely experience it is to see an aurora. :)
What do you think?
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14 out of 15 deviants thought this was fair.

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Ilmadur Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
That's probably the most beautiful photo of an aurora I've ever seen.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :bow:
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Ilmadur Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
You're most welcome.
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BlueLunarRose Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really the best Aurora photo I've ever seen, I directly thought it looks like a dragon before opening it and reading the title, I love dragons, fascinating work!! :clap:
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :bow:
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Angely-Dove Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   General Artist
Yes, this is really an Aurora Dragon!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
glad you like it :boogie:
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999999999a Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
THank you. :)
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Lilactree-fanficnet Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Beautiful!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :)
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Edeneric Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this photo, you have done an incredible job!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks so much :)
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
:wow:
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
:thanks:
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A1r2i3e4l5 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Now that is amazing I can completely see it and it looks like it's transforming into the shape!!! Outstanding job!!!! You have a real gift with the northern lights!!!!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :bow:
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Beautiful picture! It really does look like a dragon!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :bow:
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Xandory Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, it honestly looks like wings in the sky. I can literally see a dragon or phoenix shape, while the beauty of the colors themselves in the sky are beyond words. Just pure wow.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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Spiritbeaste Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you. :)
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WhispersInTheDark96 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Oh my goodness!! Beautiful!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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WhispersInTheDark96 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
You're very welcome! Great job!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
:boogie:
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KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Photographer
wow, it really does look like a dragon. The Auroras can create art of it's own! :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)

It certainly can, but you have to rely on luck to get those cool shapes, hard to predict. :)
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MadMorwen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I can see the dragon ! :wow:
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
:) Great.
Its one of those fun things you often dont notice until you are looking at the images on the computer. :)
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MadMorwen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Yeah it's like a hidden message or a ghost :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Many thanks. :)
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Astral-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Filmographer
Wow this is amazing....sheer beauty right there! :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you very much. :)
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MikiClover Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woa!! this is so cool!!
i would love to see it in real!!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much, appreciated. :bow:
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virtualTune Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Photographer
May I ask how you get so little noise with such a high ISO speed? I have never used any professional software for noise reduction and I am wondering if you used any or if those are just your in-camera settings. Very beautiful shot.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
I do not use the cameras buildt in noise reduction, I use the high ise noise reduction instead and use lightroom for the bulk of noise reduction, then I put the image in photoshop and use the plugin NeatImage for the final noise reduction ( neat image is very strong so low values is encouraged if you try it ).

Then I sharpen the image up again after noise reduction using clarity and sharpness in Lightroom and finaly a unsharp mask in photoshop.

With the Nikon D90 that has 977 iso sensitivity, 1600 is the absolute highest I can clear up an image from without it looking bad.

And thank you. :)
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virtualTune Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Photographer
wow thank you so much for the fast and detailed reply!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
My pleasure, always happy to share. :)
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Branstock Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Filmographer
Man, this is astronomically amazing... Never thought in that way about it. And BTW, I'm just working on a painting about a girl with a draconian diadem standing in the antarctica, the aurora australis and the moon in the background. I'm still struggling with the shape of the southern lights, probably your gallery can help me about it. Thank you!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)

I suggest for such a painting to layer slowly and be sure to take your time
And if my photos can be of inspiration then that is awesome. :D
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Branstock Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Filmographer
:worship: :worship: :worship:
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Anna-95 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, this is so beautiful! Where did you shoot this?
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
This is shot on Sųrkjosfjellet in Troms county, northern norway.
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Anna-95 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(:
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ponypower12 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!
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