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This could be just the right medicine and hopefully is the 'grand finale' of this aurora season, wow! Nice suprise!

The sun produced a strong M7-flare with a CME (coronal mass ejection). When a CME is earth-directed or at least part of it, there is a good chance for auroras to appear in the sky. This flare seems to have a earth-directed part, so buckly up everyone :)

For those living in Oulu area it is still dark enough to see auroras from ~11.30pm - 3.00am. Not much time, but if there are red, green, purple colors in the sky, I'm happy for every second!

So, Lady Aurora, how about one last dance with me? Hope Mister Overcast is fine with that too.. He's been a jealous fellow this winter

#aurora #cme #sun #solarflare
 
Sunspot region 2036 produced a strong solar flare with a maximum X-ray flux value of M7.3. The flare peaked at 13:03 UTC. It is a long duration flare and a coronal mass ejection (CME) was likely launched. ACE EPAM electrons and the primary protons are responding indicating there is a chance that the CME has an earth-directed component. There is a chance that we reach the S1 protonstorm level. Image: the solar flare as seen by SDO in four wavelengths.

More updates will follow.

Follow it live on www.spaceweatherlive.com
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'White beam corona'

You're looking at a mindblowing corona from last weeks auroras in Oulunsalo, Finland. No more explanations, I'll just let you be alone with this - for me - mesmerizing view.
Sharing is much appreciated, so that many people can enjoy this view, thanks!

http://500px.com/photo/67348785/

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Katsot häkellyttävää koronaa viime viikon revontuleista Oulunsalossa. Ei enää selityksiä, annan sinut olla yksin tämän - ainakin minulle - lumoavan näkymän kanssa.
Saa jakaa, olisin iloinen siitä että monet ihmiset voi nauttia tästä kuvasta, kiitos!

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Ihr schaut auf eine irre Korona der Polarlichter von letzter Woche in Oulunsalo. Keine weitere Erklärung, ich lasse Euch einfach alleine mit dieser - zumindest für mich - faszinierender Sicht.
Es darf gerne geteilt werden, was mich sehr freuen würde. So können möglichst viele Menschen diese Aussicht geniessen, danke!

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Oot kyllä uskomattoman hyvä kuvaan!!!:)
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'The Aurora Maniac'

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Here's why: often I'll tweet while I'm out with my camera and behind the scenes stuff!

#salamapaja #aurora #auroras #auroraborealis #northernlights #revontulet #polarlichter #selfie
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'Bang!'

Incredible aurora show last night, 11/12 April 2014. I was at lake Papinjärvi in Oulunsalo and here is one photo. To be honest, it's difficult to describe my feelings, so just enjoy
Sharing is much appreciated, so that many people can enjoy this view, thanks!

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Huikea revontulishow eilen yöllä 11/12.4.2014. Olin Papinjärvellä, Oulunsalossa ja tässä on yksi kuva. Rehellisesti sanoen, on vaikea pukea tunteet sanoihin, eli nauti vaan
Saa jakaa, olisin iloinen siitä että monet ihmiset voi nauttia tästä kuvasta, kiitos!

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Phänomenale Polarlichtshow gestern nacht, 11/12.4.2014. Ich war am See Papinjärvi in Oulunsalo und hier ist ein Foto. Um ehrlich zu sein ist es schwer für mich, meine Gefühle zu beschreiben, deshalb geniesst einfach
Es darf gerne geteilt werden, was mich sehr freuen würde. So können möglichst viele Menschen diese Aussicht geniessen, danke!

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+Nina Anthony Northern Lights tendente a terra, stupendo!
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'Red rock'

Today I'm posting a #ThrowbackThursday photo from almost three years back. This amazing scenery is from the Valley of Fire in Nevada, USA.

I spent there the whole day taking photos like a madman of the amazing sandstone formations.

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#landscapephotography #nature #nevada #valleyoffire #redsandstone #landscape #red #tbt
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Amazing !
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Interesting circle from +Peter From !
 
The NEW Pixativity Pro/Amateur Photographer's Circle | MAY 2014 | READ THE WHOLE POST BEFORE ASKING FOR INCLUSION

The first two PAC's (March & April 2014) were great successes and I want to thank everybody who participated in it! Like my old APC Circles, this new MAY PAC will be another great way to enhance your feed! I will check EVERY SINGLE feed and guarantee that your stream will flood from quality images when you add this circle when released.

Please note that I have reset (deleted) the April Circle and the show begins from scratch again. That way I can assure you that the circle is filled with FRESH content and COOL new photographers every month! :)

How To Qualify To Future PAC Circles

If you're a professional or an amateur photographer mainly sharing your own original work in your feed, then you're eligible to ask for inclusion in the May PAC.

The difference between this circle and the old APC is that I now will be giving away FREE accounts to the Pixativity Photographer's Directory every time I share this circle. I will pick three photographer's from the circle and add them to the directory while I compile the circle (you will be notified). 

(For those of you not remembering the APC, it's one of my most shared and popular circles since I started here on Google+ a couple of years ago. Many participants have received thousands of new followers and some of the people I helped promote in the APC now boast more followers than I do! I love that! It speaks for the positiveness and quality of this circle. The PAC will be of the same high quality!

The Guidelines

Yes, there are rules and guidelines. :) If you want to participate in the PAC you need to do the following:

1) Plus and comment this post to show that you want to participate (you must do that here on the original post). Please state what kind of photography you're into in your comment. You also may tag friends of yours to help promote them as well. I'll add them too if they meet these guidelines. Tagging friends increases your chances of being added.

2) Reshare this post to help promote your fellow G-plussers. That way YOU will receive more attention once the circle is released. If you do not reshare, I probably won't add you to the circle since this is a joint effort to promote good photographers. YOU deserve to be reshared, right? So does your fellow G-plussers.

The post must be reshared in your personal feed and publicly.

Pages will NOT be accepted into the circle.

3) Please do NOT add external or internal links to albums, websites, blogs etc. in the comments. This post is neither the right place for advertisement nor for spam. Thanks. I will check your feed anyway, be sure of that. :)

4) Premium & Lifetime Members of the Pixativity Photographer's Directory website are automatically included in the circle. Still;members should reshare this post and  let me know that you did so in the comments.

(How to obtain a Premium account to the PPD can be found here: http://maps.pixativity.com/join/).

Please Note

If I do NOT add you to the circle there's always a reason for that. 1) You do not mainly share your own original work in your feed, 2) You are a web marketeer, SEO-specialist etc. or 3) I did not like the mix of your feed (yeah, I know, it's a very subjective thing to create circles like this) or 4) I just missed your comment of some reason – mistakes happen, I am only human.

Another thing: I cannot add everybody in one circle but be assured that I check ALL feeds and you are welcome to ask for inclusion in the next edition of the PAC.

Release Date

The next circle will be released on May 5. Keep an eye open for the up-coming Circle Post.

Now, let's make this May PAC another success story. :) Get on with the resharing.

Cheers!
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Tonight I process a corona photo and should be able to share it soon :) It's been too busy week and finally I have a bit of time for working on my photos and timelapses :)
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Always awaiting for your magnificent photos!Have a wonderful day!
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Visit my blog to read about the wonderful aurora night 11/12 Apr

Käy minun blogissani ja luo hienosta revontuliyöstä 11/12.4.

Besuch meinen Blog und lese über die wunderbare Polarlichtnacht am 11./12.4.

Blog: http://bit.ly/1qYuKw0

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Hienoja kuvia taivaan tulista :)
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Cloudy tonight, so I'm home for a change. If I have enough time tomorrow, I would post another photo from yesterday night..

Or do you think one is enough? :)
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30 mins ago in my backyard...

Puoli tunti sitten takapihalla...

Vor einer halben Stunde in meinem Garten...

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The colours are so captivating !.
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I’m a enthusiastic photo- and videographer from Oulu, Finland. For photo prints, licensing of images or videos, aurora sighting tours or any other requests, please send me a message here or an email to salamapaja@gmail.com
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www.salamapaja.fi

It really all started with a ‘click and view’ toy camera when I was a little boy. Clicking through those pictures was just awesome. In my teens I took up ‘snapshot’-photography with a pocket camera and quickly became a fan of slides. The possibility to project a picture onto a big screen was awesome.

With the digital age taking over, I hung on to the slides for a while but eventually turned. Old-school slideshows turned into presentation files and eventually still picture movie clips with transitions and effects.

Early 2011 I got my first (d)SLR and started to become more serious. Quickly I understood there is much more to real photography than what I thought. I started to dig into magazines & books and spend a lot of time practicing.

My big passion are Northern lights, the aurora borealis. Here in Finland they can be seen from end of August until April. I spend then a lot of time outdoors at night to get a glimpse of those magic lights. -40C is too cold though, even for an aurora-maniac as myself. Besides auroras I love all kind of landscapes and try out other stuff as well.

I also discovered videography. In new challenges such as planning, shooting, editing the footage and finally putting it all together, I actually saw great opportunities, new ways of expressing myself and expanding my creative horizon.

What I am absolutely fascinated about are timelapse videos and so it wasn’t much of a stretch to start shooting timelapse videos as well. Here, just like any other field, are endless and only restrained by one’s own imagination.

My motivation? Doing something which brings a smile (or any feeling) into people's life. And at the same time I’m able to live my passion! Hopefully you enjoy my pictures and videos as much as I am shooting them!


Take care,
Thomas