Tonight was one of those nights, when it was clear enough to actually see some Aurora Borealis. I seldom see it, since we live in a downtown area and the city lights kills most of the "nordic light". But tonight it was a powerful shower from the sky and it was crossing right over our house. I actually didn't bring out the camera until at the end, since it was such a magic display that I didn't want to miss it. So here's the end of it...
Not the most imaginative images, but oh well... can't win them all...
It's so beautiful. I would love to see it in all of its glory. Once, quite a few years ago, my family and I saw light brown and amber streaks, and had no idea what it was, until we saw the news. The TV station had got hundreds of calls asking if it was the end of the world! Of course they explained that it was a very rare sighting of the aurora borealis.
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Petra, BEAUTIFUL photos as usual! You nailed the exposure to a tee! And who cares if they are not the most imaginative images... You are showing us what you and your fellow Swedes saw with their own eyes! That is something that I have never seen in my part of the USA.
You know I have to ask this. How did you meter for them? Did you spotmeter off the aurora itself or the snow? Or did you use program mode with maybe some exposure compensation? Or was it the good old fashioned BLH (Bracket Like ****) mode? Also, did you shoot them in JPEG or RAW mode? Photo nerds like me love to hear that info!
Thanks guys!!! It's such a beautiful thing to see it in full flare. Tonight was one of those night and if I had been out in the country, with no city lights at all, it would have been even more amazing. For instance, did you know they make sounds? It's a crackling sound, almost like a fire (well it's from the sun, so why not firey sounds?)
Don, I have to laugh at your question, but I totally understand!!
This is what I did... very simple really. Took one shot in P-mode, with infinity set on the lens (no chance to set focus on that one) and looked at the result. It was 30 seconds with f/4.0. It was a bit too bright (the street lights took over too much and it looked awful), so I just tighten up the aperture a tad but used 30 seconds in M mode. I think I ended up with f/5.6 or f/6... and then in post processing I did bring out the sky a bit more than the ground with a layer mask. If I hadn't had so much street lights around, I think that 30 seconds f/4.0 would have been perfect.
And yes, I did use a tripod and a remote to trip the shutter.