Hakai Magazine


One Great Shot: Dancing Skies in Greenland

Paul Zizka tells us how he captured a beautiful shot of the northern lights over Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland.

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by Paul Zizka

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northern lights over Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland

This was the last night of a photography workshop I led in Greenland. At nightfall, we made our usual hike up to the Ilulissat Icefjord to see if the aurora borealis would come out to play. Did it ever! Even the full moon was no match for the dancing curtains. The sky exploded with color and the participants were treated to amazing conditions. Whoops and hollers filled the night as we watched ice floes drift below the green sky. For this image, I asked fellow photographer Stephen DesRoches to stay still while I shot the scene with a fisheye lens to emphasize the grandeur of the moment.