BC photographers chase northern lights for stunning horseback shoot

Nov 1 2021, 11:42 pm

Two BC photographers went on an overnight adventure this weekend to capture images of the northern lights on horseback.

Cousins Benjamin Haab and Kirsten Isabel of Eagle Vision Video Productions took Buddy the horse out on Saturday night in Haab’s Fort St. John backyard to watch the night sky in hopes of seeing the aurora borealis.

It was a cold evening, with a temperature of -4Ā°C, but the forecast called for a magnificent aurora. While the lights weren’t as magnificent as Haab expected, their patience was still rewarded with bands of green light against the Milky Way.

horseback northern lights

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

Isabel watched the show from Buddy’s back and posed next to a tree strung up with lights while Haab captured the images. The photographers brought powerful lights with them to give the horse and rider definition against the starry background.

“I found the results very unique, challenging and rewarding all at the same time,” Haab told Daily Hive. “I’ve always loved astrophotography, and to mix something I haven’t personally seen before was really fun. Rather cold, but fun.”

Northern Lights horseback

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

Northern lights horseback

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

northern lights horseback

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

northern lights horseback

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

 

 

Horseback aurora

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

horseback aurora

Benjamin Haab/Submitted

 

 

Buddy the horse belongs to Haab’s wife, and can sometimes be an “unpredictable” subject, he said. Luckily Buddy held still long enough for the photos to turn out.

People also saw the northern lights as far south as Whistler and Sechelt and shared photos on social media.

Some Metro Vancouverites who woke up ridiculously early to catch the aurora were disappointed though, because it wasn’t visible from the city on Friday or Saturday night.

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