Without Warning – Crater Lake Aurora Borealis Time-Lapse

A few nights ago, Brad Goldpaint had an unexpected surprise at Crater Lake and was able to capture and put together this beautiful time-lapse of that experience.

“I drove to Crater Lake National Park last night to photograph the Milky Way rising above the rim. I’ve waited months for the roads to open and spring storms to pass, so I could spend a solitude night with the stars. Near 11pm, I was staring upward towards a clear night sky when suddenly, without much warning, an unmistakable faint glow of the aurora borealis began erupting in front of me. I quickly packed up my gear, hiked down to my truck, and sped to a north facing location. With adrenaline pumping, I raced to the edge of the caldera, set up a time-lapse sequence, and watched northern lights dance until sunrise. The moon rose around 2am and blanketed the surrounding landscape with a faint glow, adding depth and texture to the shot.”

Here are a few images from that night:
Aurora over Crater Lake

Aurora over Crater Lake

Aurora over Crater Lake

Aurora over Crater Lake

See more of Brad’s work on his website and facebook.

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Jodie V

This is magical. Beautiful scene.

Ben Wilshaw

This is stunning time laps photography, I now feel inspired to try this method myself although I doubt I will have the good fortune capture the stunning colours of the Aura Borealis.

Donna Sherwood

Amazing! Whay a great pay-off for getting out in the cold.


Absolutely stunning photos – gorgeous color! Thank you for sharing!


O myGod! I don’t believe it!

Don Hall

Not only magical light but looks like you captured a pass of the ISS, as well.

Could you tell me what you generally use for SS and interval for these time lapses?


This Really is Brilliant.. <3


perfect experience!!!thank you for sharing!!!

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