Isaac Diener, a 46-year-old photographer living in the town of Hancock in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, is obsessed. He enjoys the sky, generally the night sky, as it appears over Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula no matter what time of year it is.
Isaac Diener has been obsessed with the skies above Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula because moving to Houghton-Hancock seven years back. His specialty is the Northern Lights, but he is prepared with his electronic camera anytime the peninsula’s sky decides to put on a program. Picture courtesy Isaac Diener.
Diener has been carefully keeping track of the Keweenaw Peninsula’s night sky considering that moving to Houghton 7 years ago. He utilizes numerous phone apps to assist him find the best day, time and area to record the beauty that routinely shows itself over the peninsula. This beauty consists of thunderstorms, lightening, sundowns, dawns and the Aurora Borealis.
The above picture was taken at the Quincy Mine in Hancock on May 24, 2020. It was taken just after sunrise.
The Feature Image showing Lake Superior illuminated by the Northern Lights was handled July 22 in Eagle Harbor Town at Dan’s Point.
Photos by Isaac Diener.
His love of sky professional photographer began with storm chasing, back in 2008, when Diener resided in Wisconsin. He would chase after the stormy skies and after that provide to the local news. However when he moved to Michigan in 2015 he found there was a lot more than storms waiting on him in the sky.
The location has such beautiful scenery. I definitely enjoy it. And I don’t truly have to take a trip far at all to get some fantastic shots– especially of the northern lights.
— Isaac Diener on his adopted house in the Keweenaw
Diener states there are some Keweenaw Peninsula places he favors above others, including Cooper Harbor, Eagle Harbor and several spots around the Houghton-Hancock location. All told, he has actually identified about 20 various areas that make for excellent shooting.
The Houghton-Hancock bridge, technically known as the Portage Lake Lift Bridge– together with a large rack cloud– is revealed back in 2018.
Photo by Isaac Diener.
Northern Lights In Michigan
Diener considers himself a climatic professional photographer. While his photos do stimulate guaranteed “atmosphere,” the term “sky photographer” might be better suited. He eyes are constantly trained on the sky– whether it be throughout a thunderstorm, dawn or an especially legendary screen of the aurora borealis.
I have actually constantly been interested by the sky. I always liked thunderstorms. Where I remained in Wisconsin there was not a great deal of Northern Lights. When I moved up here and saw them over the Keweenaw Peninsula, I was just ga-ga over them.
— Diener on his love of Michigan’s Northern Lights
Those Michiganders who live “down state” (in the lower peninsula), particular in a city location, may not recognize the northern lights do indeed frequently grace the state. Diener said they are the most active in spring and fall. To record the seasons of the Keweenaw Peninsula’s night skies, he utilizes a Fuji mirrorless cam– and a tripod.
This screen of the Aurora Borealis was captured at Hebard Park near Copper Harbor on April 10, 2022.
Image by Isaac Diener
Eye on the Sky– Keweenaw Peninsula
To completely enjoy his hobby, Diener has to be versatile and tuned in to what is happening with the weather and with several other climatic conditions. He uses a phone app called Space Weather Live.
It’s a pastime that entirely depends upon conditions. If there is a thunderstorm, lightening program, if the Northern Lights are active, or if there is anything in the atmosphere that looks cool, I wish to find it. I have actually done this enough so that I can predict an aurora borealis pretty darn accurately.
— Isaac Diener on the flexibility needed for his photographic practice
This picture of the Aurora Borealis was handled July 2, 2022 at the Maasto Hiihto Tracks in Hancock. Diener was facing north and the aurora was particularly vivid-looking. Diener stated you might see it moving with the naked eye.Photo by Isaac Diener.
Predicting Appeal– Keweenaw Peninsula
When it comes to dawns and sundowns, Diener states it is all about the clouds. However it is a lot harder to figure out when there will be a terrific night for shooting the Northern Lights. It has actually taken him years to develop his predictive skills.
Where he shoots is nearly as important as when. He admits he does have his favorites but is constantly trying to find brand-new shooting areas.
Diener is a pro at anticipating more than just the Aurora Borealis in the Keweenaw Peninsula. This image of numerous lightning bolts was handled July 8, 2020 in Houghton.Photo by Isaac Diener. Earning Money Diener does not earn a profit from his
He has actually offered some images but states he doesn’t truly have the resources to establish a commercial enterprise. He said he wishes to eventually get a website and offer more. To earn a living, he works as a DoorDasher. I like being a DoorDasher, as
an independent specialist. I can make my own hours
and go out to take pictures whenever the sky turns whatever color it desires.– Diener on working a task that permits him versatility Diener’s pictures can be discovered on his Facebook page.
Lightning bolts hit Hancock on June 30, 2022. Picture by Isaac Diener. Like this: Like Packing …