Timothy Joseph Elzinga, who lives in Ontario, Canada, captured the phenomenon known as light pillars on his camera. They were multicolored beams of lights moving towards the heavens. What he initially thought to be an alien invasion turned out nothing more than a common natural phenomenon that takes place in winter.
What are Light Pillars?
While one might come across this phenomenon during cold weather, it is often not as prominent as it was for Elzinga. This was because he observed the light pillars during the dead of night. The colorful individual beams of light were most prominent near the earth’s surface and disappeared towards the sky.
He noticed the vivid light pillars dancing just outside his window. The sight was too intriguing for Elzinga to miss out on. Hence, he dressed up and went outside to investigate the source of light.
According to National Geographic, the phenomenon is created when light bounces off the ice crystals created in the atmosphere. These ice crystals are often invisible to the naked eye and their presence can be felt when such a phenomenon takes place. Light Pillars can be created when either sunlight or artificial lights are reflected by the crystals.
Tips For Perfectly Capturing Light Pillars
However, even though Elzinga was dazzled by the occurrence, he had the presence of mind to click a few snaps of the light pillars on his camera. The light pillars were observed by him for 45 minutes.
If you too want to know the perfect way to capture these mysterious light pillars then you better take notes. “I was able to capture these images both because the lights were so bright and pronounced, and because I used the manual settings on my phone to adjust the aperture time to eight seconds,” Elzinga told Gizmodo.
He also made sure that the window was opened all the way through to make sure nothing obstructed his view. And since he did not have a tripod at hand, he used his bathroom window ridges to avoid motion blurring.