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Exploring Aurora

Finally got to see them, and this will be the first of quite a few photos and timelapse videos I took that night.
Seeing the northern lights has been on ...
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Finally got to see them, and this will be the first of quite a few photos and timelapse videos I took that night.
Seeing the northern lights has been on my bucket list for quite a while, and to see them flashing and swirling across the night sky in real time was a massive treat and something we’ll never forget.
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craftworker PRO+
craftworker November 02, 2023
So Gorgeous!! Well done!
CG November 04, 2023
teetee1852 Premium
teetee1852 November 04, 2023
terryc Platinum
terryc November 09, 2023
Oh, this is amazing! So beautiful! The northern lights are on my bucket list too.
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tinakraftsphotography November 14, 2023
Amazing image!
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LindaCunninghamPhotoME November 14, 2023
Amazing image! Wow!
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Maple-2103 November 28, 2023
Congratulations on runnerup! AMAZING Photo, so creative!!! Well Done!😍
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Lesabre1954 December 22, 2023
Incredible beauty and creativity!😃
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Craig-Sheffield PRO+
I saw them like this photo in 2003. I called them "Light Volcano"
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Behind The Lens

On the moutain road above Funningur on the Faroe Islands
It was about 1am, and I ahd been driving/running around taking lots of photos for a couple of hours at this point as the Aurora had gone crazy and it was the first time I had seen them.
Well... it was pretty dark! The aurora was giving everything a green glow which meant the foreground needed colour correcting in post. The light in my hand was my iPhone torch and this was a single 5 second exposure.
This was taken with a Sony A7iv, 20mm f1.8 lens opened wide to f1.8. The light I was holding is an iPhone torch and all of that sat on a three legged thing tripod. That was all i needed.
I had previously done some road to milkway astrophotography and as I finally had the Aurora as a backdrop I thought about doing the same. In order to get a sense of scale, I ran down the road to get in frame, using the light to make sure I stand out.
Yes, I shoot raw so I had to do the usual colour correcting and tone mapping. It's a single shot at a high iso, but the adobe camera raw denoise did a good job of cleaning that up
In my camera bag
Sony A7iv for stills and ZV-E1 for video/timelapse. 16-35, 24-70 and 50-400 are my main leneses but use the 20mm prime for video and astrophotography
Don't use a shutter speed over 5 seconds for aurora, otherwise you will likely loose the detail in the aurura columns as they actually move quite fast. So high iso and deal with the noise in post.

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