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02-24-2012, 02:37 PM - 1 Like   #16
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I'm happy that you liked my attempt at the aurora - nothing like a bit of positive feedback to make me smile!

I know the original question wasn't about 'how to' take the northern lights but I aim at ...............

Warm clothes

small flashlight

shoot in RAW - you can improve them on the computer quite a lot sometimes

tripod - always

use a remote if possible or the delay feature (to eliminate camera movement)

lowest aperture # available

IS0 200-400

Shutter speed depends on amount of light available - experiment - I've had success at 10-30 secs

If 30 secs isn't enough for a decent capture bump up the ISO.

Check for northern light activity at
Solar Terrestrial Dispatch - Leaders in Space Weather Forecasting Services

Check the weather before leaving town!

02-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #17
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I actually missed the shot in the other thread until now... but nice job!
02-24-2012, 03:47 PM   #18
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Can't give advice on the lights themselves but I am a big fan of the K-X & Sigma 10-20 combo. The majority of the pics in my signature were taken in low light conditions using a K-X and a 10-20. A combination I should never have sold. Tripod, remote control and warm boots are the essential items to go along with the lens.
02-25-2012, 09:05 AM   #19
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Thanks Canajuneh...yeah I'm pretty lucky living in northern Alberta out in the boonies... cause I pretty much just go out in my front yard to take pictures...but if you are looking for another forecasting site for the northern lights try this one... I know its for Yellowknife but I'm about at least it helps me decide if I am staying up late

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This is what I was able to take last weekend

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