A strong magnetic storm on the sun combined with a subzero polar vortex sweeping through Michigan meant conditions were favorable for the Metro Detroit area to possibly view the Northern Lights! This is a rare occurrence that happens about every 12-15 years. I packed up my gear and braved -6° temps but Aurora Borealis never showed that night. I snapped a few pics before frostbite set in and I headed home. I always say that 90% of good photography is being in the right place at the right time with your batteries charged… this just wasn’t the right time.
photo taken Jan 9, 2014 at 1:02am, Kensington Metropark, Milford MI
EXIF: 16mm 13 seconds at ISO 1600, f/8.0 (with some flashlight painting on the tree branches)