Northern Lights.

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dretket
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Northern Lights.
Mar 15, 2013

I've been in Alaska on the North Slope for 2 months now.  I finally caught a glimpse of the northern lights and got a couple of photos.  Not the best, but something is better than nothing.



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Non D7100 posts are prohibited until April 1st! !!Kidding!! Superb work! thank you for those magical shots.

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Non D7100 posts are prohibited until April 1st! !!Kidding!! Superb work! thank you for those magical shots.

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Yes, it is great to see some photographs other than test shots on this forum and these are certainly better than nothing. I agree with Luc that these are excellent.

It makes me realise how much light pollution there is for most of us.

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Paul

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Thanks guys, I was really excited to finally get an opportunity to see them.  Sadly it's still difficult to get away from the lights of the oil rigs.  Because there isn't any topography around to block the lights, the slope is surprisingly bright at night.

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In reply to dretket, Mar 16, 2013

dretket wrote:

I've been in Alaska on the North Slope for 2 months now. I finally caught a glimpse of the northern lights and got a couple of photos. Not the best, but something is better than nothing.

I like the last two of them particularly.

It would have been nice if the Exif data were included though...  this is a techie forum!

Your chances for this year are just about gone, what with more hours of sunlight just about to make it impossible to see the aurora when it does exist.  And no doubt you've also become aware that cloud cover is the biggest impediment to seeing aurora on the North Slope!  There is a band of auroral activity, and we are sitting just north of it while Fairbanks is just south.  But Fairbanks is located between a couple of really high mountain ranges and as a result has many days without clouds.  That's a great place to photograph the aurora.

Hey, on your next trip off the Slope, take a one day break in Barrow and I'll buy you a coffee cup or two!  And you can try a little maktaq for lunch...

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In reply to dretket, Mar 17, 2013

Be aware there was a corona mass ejection  (CME) event on the sun and is heading to Earth.  The northern lights should be a lot more visible and brighter in a day or so.

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In reply to dretket, Mar 21, 2013

Those are remarkably good.  The Northern Lights are a fairly dim phenomenon and difficult to capture on camera.

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In reply to dretket, Mar 21, 2013

Would you provide some of the settings and exposure times you used in these photos? The photos look fairly good considering you had those bright lights.

I am reading a book about photographing the lights since I am going to Iceland and Greenland in September.

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In reply to dretket, Mar 21, 2013

Great images!

By the way, I just finished reading a book called "North slope" from Michael parker about the oil drillers up in Alaska. Exciting story, cold and windy place!

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In reply to Bill Randall, Mar 21, 2013

Hey, sorry about the lack of exif data.  Because of the settings on my export preset, it strips all the exif from the photos.

These were all shot with my D5100.

#1- 15 sec at F/4.0, ISO 1600, Tokina 11-16mm @ 16mm.

#2- 15 sec @ F/4, ISO 800, 16mm

#3- 15 sec @ F/2.8, ISO 800, 16mm

#4- 8 sec@ F/2.8, ISO 800, 16mm

Hope this helps, and thanks for all the kind comment.  I was pretty excited to get a chance to see them.  About a 4 or 5 days later, the lights were extremely active and some of the brightest people had seen in the past couple years.  I was fast asleep in my bunk and completely missed it.  Talk about bummed!

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In reply to dretket, Mar 21, 2013

Nice!!

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In reply to Sammy Yousef, Mar 21, 2013

Thanks for the share. haha- It's still on my bucket list.

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In reply to poidog73, Mar 21, 2013

Cracking aurora pics. It's one thing to witness them, quite another to capture the displays as good as you have here.

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