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See How These Creators Captured The May Northern Lights Show That Dazzled The World

A powerful solar storm made the northern lights visible across much the United States and around the world last weekend, and creators from all over ran out with their cameras to capture the spectacle. Below we share a roundup of some of our favorites posted on Instagram. Check them out and give their accounts a follow. And get ready because the same cluster of powerful solar flares that created the May 11-13 auroras might make a second appearance late next week.

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"That's too many aurora photos." -No one. Ever. See how these creators captured the May, 2024 auroras, and get ready because it might happen again next week.

Autumn Schrock – @autpops

Creator Autumn Schrock is no stranger to witnessing and capturing the northern lights, but to see them from her current home state of Utah was an entirely new and special experience. Check out the colorful timelapse the talented Sony Brand Ambassador was able to capture below.

Mahesh Thapa – @starvingphotographer

We can’t get enough of this mesmerizing frame captured by Sony Brand Ambassador Mahesh Thapa. He used his Sony Alpha 7CR paired with the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G lens to snag this vibrant view from Seattle, Washington.

Renan Ozturk – @renan_ozturk

Sony Artisan Renan Ozturk is an explorer, photographer and filmmaker who documents and shares important stories around the world. Using his Sony Alpha 1, he captured this absolutely stunning aurora and Milky Way waltz in Colorado.

Nate Luebbe – @nateinthewild

Creator and Sony Brand Ambassador Nate Luebbe has photographed the northern lights before, but this timelapse from his home state of Utah is as memorable as it gets. He took this timelapse from the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah using his Sony Alpha 1 and Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master

Jess Dales – @jess.wandering

“Spent the last two nights chasing northern lights around the desert SW. Now there’s a sentence I definitely never thought I’d say!” Jess Dales couldn’t believe it and we can’t either. She was able to capture these gorgeous shots all the way in Arizona.

Rohit Gomashe – @gomzzzzzzzzzz

Rohit Gomashe chased down the northern lights with his Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master II to get this awesome reflection shot. With his post he writes, “It was totally worth driving 4 hours north after work from Boston to one of my favorite places, Lake Willoughby, Vermont.” We totally agree.

Mark Munson – @markonthemove

Photographer Mark Munson was able to witness the northern lights from his own backyard of Colorado. He captured the beautiful green glow below using his Sony Alpha 7 IV and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Anna Isabella – @annaisabella

Self-portrait photographer Anna Isabella was able to capture the northern lights all the way in central Italy. “I took these shots at 1600m elevation where it was really cold and windy, but almost no light pollution and stunning landscapes! I took the self-portrait in the very beginning and then just focused on the beauty around me for the rest of the night.” What an awesome way to capture the moment!

Victor Aerden – @victoraerden

Make sure you swipe all the way to the end of the gallery in photographer Victor Aerden’s post below. The way he captures the dancing colors is incredible, and he had a great view from Alberta’s Rockies.

Ryan Wilkes – @itsryanwilkes

Photographer Ryan Wilkes used his Sony Alpha 7 IV and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master to capture the spectacle from southern Vancouver Island. Watch the video below for some BTS of his experience along with some of the alluring imagery he got of the event.

Jose Fernanado – @whereintheworldisjosefernanado

Photographer Jose Fernanado saw the northern lights from Marblehead, Massachusetts. He took this colorful aurora-scape with his Sony Alpha 7R V and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master

Lirim Latifi – @lirimlatifi_fotovideo

Photographer and videographer Lirim Latifi took this image of the aurora in Switzerland with the Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master.

Mitch Healey – @mitchhealeyphotos

Photographer Mitch Healey is used to capturing phenomena in the sky, but those usually involve funnel clouds as he’s chasing storms. Perhaps just as exciting, but much less threatening, he chased the northern lights to get this colorful shot from Saskatchewan, Canada with his Sony Alpha 6000

Mallory – @hello_mallory

Photographer Mallory echoes many of the same thoughts other photographers had about getting to see the northern lights. “Last night was nothing short of amazing, watching the colors bounce and dance above our Colorado sky. Greens, Pinks, and Reds were non-stop on the horizon above the desert landscape, and this was a scene I never thought could be a reality.” She took these vibrant shots at Colorado National Monument with her Sony Alpha 7 III and Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master.

Arthur Luna Tonelli – @arthurtonelliphotography

He was lucky enough to photograph the northern light in Yosemite National Park. He captured the scene with the infamous El Capitan using his Sony Alpha 7R IV and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Brenton Biggs – @brenton.stuart.biggs

A solar storm in SoCal? Photographer Brenton Biggs captured the aurora from Joshua Tree National Park with his Sony Alpha 7 IV and Sony 20mm f/1.8 G.

Kristy Sharkey – @kristy.sharkey

Photographer and member of the Sony Alpha Female Facebook Group Kristy Sharkey created this hypnotizing timelapse of the aurora from Washington state.

Brian Fulda – @brianfulda

Using the Sony Alpha 7 IV and Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master, a combination he says he loves, Brian Fulda was able to create this awesome timelapse from Northern California.

Tori Harp – @toriharpimages

Travel and wildlife photographer and videographer Tori Harp, who is also an active member of the Sony Alpha Female Facebook Group, captured this scene of the aurora dancing over Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

Shane Ware – @shanewarephoto

Travel, cityscape and landscape photographer Shane Ware was able to witness the northern lights from beautiful Tuscany, Italy. He snagged these epic shots with his Sony Alpha 7R IV and Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master.


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