More Like Aurora Boring-ealis, Am I Right?


The Northern Lights have to be one of the more difficult things to photograph.  Not that it is hard to see them with a camera, actually with a long exposure it’s easier than with the naked eye.  The difficult part is capturing their movement.  The way they pulse and race between the stars is nothing short of spectacular.  I still haven’t figured out how to convey that in my images, but I’m getting better.  This shot came from the same night as the other photos posted previously.  I approached the lights using a wide angle lens and keeping the f stop as wide open as it would go.  I didn’t want to leave the shutter open too long because I didn’t want to loose detail in the lights, and I wanted to avoid star trails as much as possible.  I also prefer to keep a little bit of detail in the trees, even though these ones are mostly in silhouette.  I’m not wild about the foreground trees.  I wish I planned better for the location, but it’s not easy finding a good spot for the aurora close to a city.  Any suggestions/criticisms on how to improve my aurora shots would be greatly appreciated, feel free to leave a comment.


Gear: Canon 60D, Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.0-5.6

Settings: 10.0 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400


One thought on “More Like Aurora Boring-ealis, Am I Right?

  1. I just have to say I would cry with joy if I got a shot this cool. I’m trying to imagine it without the foreground trees and maybe it would be better, but still. The curtain effect of the light is amazing.

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