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Magnetospheric Magnificence
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Magnetospheric Magnificence
Magnetospheric Magnificence
A brilliant moon lit up the countryside while the Aurora lit up the ionosphere. Three 15 sec. exposures stitched.
© Gary Minish
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12/7/2003 3:48:40 AM

 
Susana Matos
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This should be the winner of this mounth!!
Ive hardly seen, lately, a photo that makes me stare at it, thinking HOW GORGEOUS,How could he get such a terrific image!!!!
This is UNFIRGETTEABLE!
Regards from POrtugal, Su

PS- do you know when the new sony will be commercialized?

12/7/2003 4:11:47 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Beautiful, Gary!!

12/7/2003 4:16:41 AM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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Stunning!

12/7/2003 4:18:41 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/7/2003 4:46:57 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Another WOW, Gary!!!

12/7/2003 4:57:29 AM

 
Sharon D. Waters
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and another wow gary!!!Love that green!

12/7/2003 5:48:12 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Wonderful sight and pano image, Gary!! What an incredible combo of studio lights you have at your disposal :0) Well done!

12/7/2003 5:55:15 AM

 
William C. Raco
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This is the most impressive aurora photo I have ever seen.
Outstanding color and panorama.
I'll wish you luck in the contest, but I don't think you'll need it.

bill

12/7/2003 6:30:02 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Magnificent Gary!!! I think winner too!!!

12/7/2003 6:49:24 AM

 
Heather L. Jacks
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magnificent... a masterpiece

12/7/2003 7:25:00 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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WOW Gary this is breathtaking. I love the color you have captured of the Norhtern lights. Along witht the city lights and detail in the mountains. Outstanding job!!!!

12/7/2003 10:43:03 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Everyone's said it all so I'll just say fantastic Gary.. we'll definitely see this one again!!

12/7/2003 11:54:52 AM

 
Theresa McCloskey

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awesome :-)

12/7/2003 12:11:39 PM

 
Ellen Peach
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All I can add is another....WOW!!!

12/7/2003 12:32:17 PM

 
Carol Brill
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Extraordinary image, Gary, the clarity, colors, light, detail...remarkable in every respect!!!! (great alliterative title, too!)

12/7/2003 10:48:56 PM

 
James  P. Green Jr
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MAGNIFACENT WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/7/2003 11:37:51 PM

 
Gary Minish
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Thank you, everyone, for all your great comments! It's a nice reward for the 4 hours of standing in the gusting winds with a chill factor of approx. -20F that it took to get this pano. The lights were on and off as was the wind, but not at the same time. I was just about to give it up when the opportunity arose at 2:00AM. The display was strong and the wind slowed enough to get 3 long exposures in succession without vibration of the camera. It was a good thing I got a great picture, because it helped justify my long & late absence, as my wife was very upset because she couldn't sleep due to her worrying about me and had to get up early in the morning. I was forgiven after showing her the photo :-)

12/12/2003 11:21:17 AM

 
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Thank you, everyone, for all your great comments! It's a nice reward for the 4 hours of standing in the gusting winds with a chill factor of approx. -20F that it took to get this pano. The lights were on and off as was the wind, but not at the same time. I was just about to give it up when the opportunity arose at 2:00AM. The display was strong and the wind slowed enough to get 3 long exposures in succession without vibration of the camera. It was a good thing I got a great picture, because it helped justify my long & late absence, as my wife was very upset because she couldn't sleep due to her worrying about me and had to get up early in the morning. I was forgiven after showing her the photo :-)

12/12/2003 11:22:03 AM

 
Susana Matos
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Well, it was really worthy!! But I can understand your wife, because 2 am outside with such a cold weather!!!!!
This is an unforgetteable picture!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

12/12/2003 5:12:56 PM

 
Sam M. Strgacich

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Yet another WOW! And been there, done that with the wife. Show her all these WOWs and let her know we appreciate her patience with your art.

12/12/2003 7:23:00 PM

 
Gary Minish
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Two comments from Portugal on one photo!! I'm truly flattered :-) Thank you for the kind words, Susana!

Sam, Thanks for the WOW ;-) I'll definitely relay the message. I need all the points I can get in case the lights show up again!

12/12/2003 10:31:03 PM

 
Viveca Venegas
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A sure winner of all Gary!! Bravisimo!! Viveca.

1/15/2004 4:03:04 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Congrats, Gary!!

1/15/2004 5:21:22 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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A winner all over the place!! Congratuations on a maginificent image!

1/15/2004 5:57:02 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Congratulations, Gary. Outstanding (no pun intended).

1/15/2004 8:39:57 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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No surprise seeing this one in the finals, Gary. It's just stunning. Congrats to you!

1/15/2004 9:29:06 AM

 
Carol Brill
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Gary, great to see this brilliant image again, congratulations and best of luck to you!

1/15/2004 10:53:29 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats on this super finalist Gary and good luck!!

1/15/2004 11:01:22 AM

 
Jill Battaglia
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I'll just add my WOW to the rest! :-)

1/15/2004 4:47:56 PM

 
Thomas Ehlers
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Gary, Congrats on a terrific Photo and Finalist!!!!!

1/15/2004 6:28:12 PM

 
William C. Raco
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I already told you this was a winner.
I'll be shocked if it isn't.
Congratulations,

bill

1/15/2004 6:36:07 PM

 
Barbara K. 
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Fantastic shot Gary. This one is a winner!

1/15/2004 8:06:52 PM

 
Gene Spears
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totally awesome!! congratulations Gary!

1/15/2004 8:55:27 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Many congratulations, Gary - and the best of luck with this wonderful image!

1/15/2004 9:56:39 PM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats on a great image and win Gary!!

1/16/2004 10:52:58 AM

 
Grayce  Pedulla Dillon
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Hi Gary,
Congratulations. Another beauty by you. Keep up the great work.
Grayce (from MCC)

1/16/2004 12:02:21 PM

 
Graham Theobald
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WOW !!.A truly fantastic photo.well done gary.

1/16/2004 12:40:32 PM

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Gary! This is awesome! Well deserved!

1/16/2004 12:50:43 PM

 
William C. Raco
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I knew this would win, Gary.
Thought it would be even higher.
Congratulations,

bill

1/16/2004 1:13:00 PM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Gary on your win, awesome shot!!!

1/16/2004 1:14:34 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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A wonderful image Gary. Makes me wish I could have been there myself. If we only had the Aurora in Georgia!!

1/16/2004 2:24:09 PM

 
Gary L. Rohrbaugh
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Congrats on a great image!

1/16/2004 3:47:58 PM

 
Theresa McCloskey

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Congratulations Gary :-)

1/16/2004 4:04:37 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Many congrats on this one Gary -- it's such a beautiful shot!!

1/16/2004 4:09:08 PM

 
Rick Riddle
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Congrats Gary Excellent Photo.

1/16/2004 4:56:50 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Gary - I've commented on this photo elsewhere where it was also a winner. I think that this is as good a photo as I've seen - anywhere. Congrats on a much-deserved - and hard earned 8^) - win!

1/16/2004 6:05:54 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Many congrats on your Second Place win, Gary! Well derserved!!!

1/16/2004 8:09:03 PM

 
Peggy Wolff
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Too funny! I opened up this photo and said a loud, "WOW!" Then I read all the comments and all the "WOW"S" and it just made me laugh louder and louder. This is a truly amazing photograph! This obviously took as much skill as it did patience, you should be very proud.

1/16/2004 8:24:57 PM

 
Robert Mann
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Spectacular image, Gary! COngrats with all your successes with it here and Best of the Month at Best Foto, just to name a few! RoB

1/16/2004 8:58:00 PM

 
Viveca Venegas
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Gary, this is a most amazing photo, to me winner of all. So I most humble want to express my honor of sharing the winners page with you . Your friend, Viveca.

1/17/2004 6:12:12 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats to you, Gary!!

1/17/2004 12:49:12 PM

 
Warren Ishii
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One of my favorite images of the month. Great work Gary!

1/17/2004 3:36:46 PM

 
clifton Mair
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Gary, tremendous work! Very beautiful! I hope your selling this as a huge print :) Congrats on your win!

1/18/2004 3:48:05 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Powerful work, Gary. Congratulations on the win.

1/18/2004 6:27:19 AM

 
Gary Minish
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Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful congratulations and comments! I was on a business trip to Anchorage and got stuck there for the whole week due to high winds at Valdez, then contracted a nasty case of the flu the day I returned so I didn't find out about my win till today. I am very grateful for the continuous support and encouragement that I receive from all of you and would like to apologize for not being an active participant the last few months. I know I have missed the opportunity to view and comment on many great photos from each of you which makes it feel very one sided. I hope the situation improves shortly as the real pleasure of this site, for me, is the friendly communication and sharing. The people at betterphoto are the real prize, and one that every contestant gets to win! :-)

1/19/2004 12:52:41 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats! it is truly wonderful

1/21/2004 6:04:32 AM

 
Katleen R. Struckle
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Congrat's on your win. Well deserved! Kathy S.

1/21/2004 8:00:53 AM

 
Gary Minish
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Thank you very much, Cathy & Kathy :-)

1/23/2004 7:11:31 PM

 
Rick Joyce
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This photo (as well as "Thompson Pass") continues to astound me !

RJ

1/26/2004 10:13:06 PM

 
Gary Minish
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Rick; If you could have seen either scene with your own eyes you would see that I failed to do them justice, but I'm very glad you enjoyed my attempt :-) Thank you for your kind comment!

1/27/2004 12:43:54 AM

 
Susana Matos
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you know im a fan of your work!! But, im not the only one..... long list of comments here!!
For me this is the truly first prize of the month! Congratulations,
Cheers from Portugal, Su

2/1/2004 1:14:23 AM

 
Gary Minish
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First Prize from Portugal!! I am truly honored! Thank you very much, Susana ;-)

2/1/2004 7:29:14 PM

 
Susana Matos
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well, here I am again!!!! This is the second "fall in lovephoto" of yours!!!! Is there any possibility you chose two of mine????....
I would look at them dreaming about maybe someday going to visit Alaska!!!
Regards from Ponte de Lima, Su

11/15/2004 2:27:26 AM

 
Gary Minish
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Not a problem, Su :-) I just received an order for two prints of this one this morning so I'll just print a third for you. I'll browse your gallery and make a couple of choices within the next couple days.

Best regards from Valdez, Gary

11/16/2004 12:16:13 AM

 
Sandra Freyler
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This image is perfect in every way! Awesome work!

9/25/2005 1:13:13 PM

 
Gary Minish
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Thanks, Sandra, for your comment and for visiting my gallery :-)

9/25/2005 6:14:41 PM

 
Matt  Quaid
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Gary, this is awesome, I don't do northern lights shots, but I know how hard it is to get a shot like this, great job.

2/10/2008 5:12:19 PM

 
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Thanks Matt! This one was particularly difficult because of the conditions but perseverence does pay off :-)

2/10/2008 5:17:07 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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This is so beautiful, Gary! I have never seen anything like it! STUNNING!

2/5/2011 5:25:57 PM

 
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