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