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First Attempt at Northern Lights Part 2
Camera: Pentax K-5 Photo Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 
Posted By: sealonsf, 04-05-2018, 10:13 AM

I edited one photo I posted earlier a different way with a different crop and am adding a few more. My intention is not to over process the images. This was a level 5 night for the Aurora. I'm including my camera settings - I was trying different lenses and lots of different settings. We were there as close to the New Moon as we could get so the stars would really be out. Thanks for looking!

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ISO 800, Shutter 20 seconds, f5.6, Sigma 10-20

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ISO 800, Shutter 20 seconds, f5.6, Sigma 10-20

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ISO 800, Shutter 20 seconds, f5.6, Sigma 10-20

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ISO 3200, Shutter 30 seconds, f3.5, Pentax 18-135
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Might want to "paint" the foreground with light the next time around.
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Might want to "paint" the foreground with light the next time around.
Thanks for the suggestion. How would that be done? I travel light with one bag but could bring a small LED light - but it would not be defused to light a big area. My other concern would be if there are other photographers - I don't think they would appreciate me introducing light. Or do you mean doing something in post processing?
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QuoteOriginally posted by sealonsf Quote
Thanks for the suggestion. How would that be done? I travel light with one bag but could bring a small LED light - but it would not be defused to light a big area. My other concern would be if there are other photographers - I don't think they would appreciate me introducing light. Or do you mean doing something in post processing?
I was thinking along the LED light route - it's tricky to get it right (have not been successful myself but have seen others' work with great success).

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Nice shots.
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Nice shots.
Thanks!
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The best way to light the foreground is with the moon imo.

Nice set. I think image 3 is the strongest. It shows the flow and flair of the lights well and has enough of the ground to scale the image.

Where is all of the red ambient light coming from?
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Fabulous shots, the first especially. It's a wall hanger! Nice to see such good results from the venerable K-5.

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The best way to light the foreground is with the moon imo.

Nice set. I think image 3 is the strongest. It shows the flow and flair of the lights well and has enough of the ground to scale the image.

Where is all of the red ambient light coming from?
I didn't see that light when I was there - only noticed it in the photos, so I'm not sure. We were by some cabins that had lights on but not much else. It's a mystery. It's snow on a frozen lake. Some of those streaks from the lights went from the ground to above our heads. It was amazing to see.

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Fabulous shots, the first especially. It's a wall hanger! Nice to see such good results from the venerable K-5.
Thanks! Yeah, I still like my K-5. I might upgrade when a new body comes out but it's keeping me happy for now.
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Well done, nice photos!

Location location location!!! Matters much more than the gear!
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Well done, nice photos!

Location location location!!! Matters much more than the gear!
Thanks for commenting... so true. We had the perfect location.
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