Image credit: Jack Fusco

Being a photographer is not always easy, but in this case, the results were definitely worth the hardship.

Recently, Jack Fusco, of Jack Fusco Photography, braved subzero temperatures in order to capture footage of the aurora borealis over the Canadian Rockies. During his expedition, Fusco caught more than just the northern lights. If you watch closely, you can see a number of meteors fly across the scene. There is also a fireball that blazes over the horizon (towards the right side of the frame) around 1:14, and just after the title sequence, there’s some stunning footage of Jupiter rising over a lake as the stars shine above  Mt. Inglismaldie. The aurora appears throughout the time-lapse, but it is particularly notable at 2:06, when the northern lights show up over Peyto Lake.

To capture these images, Fusco traveled to Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. While there, he was forced to endure many sleepless nights and temperatures reaching to -9° Fahrenheit (-22° Celsius). Yet, Fusco says that it was well worth it.

Most of us know what it is like to go outside on a truly starry night; however, this feeling is amplified tenfold when you are able to get away from all of the light pollution. Fusco writes, “There’s a certain feeling that you get from standing under a truly dark sky for the first time. Although it’s hard describe the exact feeling of awe that’s felt, it’s an experience that doesn’t leave you. In fact, it’s something that can change you. It can make you forget about sleeping when the sun has set and instead readies you for an adventure.” And Fusco states that part of the purpose of this time-lapse was to evoke this feeling. “This timelapse is about capturing the adventure of chasing star filled skies and the feeling you get from experiencing it. I hope it inspires people to find their own adventure chasing the stars.”

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