Lucky Strike

Storm chaser and Your Shot photographer Vanessa Neufeld captured this scene in Keyes, Oklahoma. The day before she was to fly home, she and her fellow chasers “thought we’d go for one last chase and hope for something more than just a squall line,” she remembers. “As the evening descended, so did a barrage of lightning in northwest Oklahoma. “
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The aurora australis paints the clouds in shades of pink over the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand. Like the aurora borealis, it appears when solar winds filled with charged particles buffet Earth’s magnetic field. The aurora australis, however, is the South Pole’s answer to the northern phenomenon.

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Under the stars

“So much of this shot came down to trust and luck,” says photographer Will Strathmann about this image, which he took of himself and a friend kayaking under the night sky on New Hampshire’s Squam Lake.
“I had to trust that my time-lapse was running and that the positioning of our kayaks was right. And I was lucky that the lake was calm enough for floating smoothly without movement and that the passing clouds didn’t obscure the stars,” he says.
To get the image, Strathmann set his camera on a tripod on the dock and used an intervalometer—a device that operates the camera’s shutter at set intervals—to take 13-second exposures every 14 seconds. He and his friend then paddled out on the lake to view the night sky. “The biggest challenge was remaining still enough so that motion blur didn’t ruin the image,” Strathmann notes. “It helps in these situations to have patient friends who support your passion and are willing to be your subjects.”
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