Heavenly skies

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) have been out in full force the last few nights in the northern skies.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) have been out in full force the last few nights in the northern skies.
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Winner in the northern lights Photo Challenge
Peer Award
Outstanding Creativity
Absolute Masterpiece
Top Choice
Superb Composition
All Star
Superior Skill
Magnificent Capture

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Behind The Lens

Fedora Alberta about 35 miles north of Edmonton
This was taken late at night at approximately 11PM. as the aurora is at it's best late night or very early morning.
This is natural late night light with the aurora lighting the photo. A long camera exposure of approximately 25 seconds.
This photo of taken with a Nikon D600, 24-70 F2.8 lens on a Manfrotto tripod with a cable release.
Having been born and raised in northern Alberta the aurora was just a regular sight that I took for granted growing up but now that I'm older and living in a city where it is much more difficult to see I want to be able to capture the beauty of the lights to be able to share with those that do not get to see them
The only processing I have done with this photo is a lightroom conversion to a Jpeg file
In my camera bag
I normally have a NIkonD600 and D90 cameras in my bag along with the following lenses Nikon 70-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 50 f1.8, f85 f1.4, 70-300 f5.4-5.6,a Sigma 105 f2.5 and Tokina 11-16 f2.8.,along with 2 Manfrotto tripods and 1 monopod,, 2 SB800 flash units and various filters and other accessories.
When shooting the Northern Lights set up using a tripod facing in a northerly direction and in an area as far away from light pollution as possible. Using flashlight set your focus on an item in the distance and using a piece of painters tape, tape the focus in position so it doesn't get accidentally bumped and moved. Then be patient and wait for the lights so come out. I normally shoot them with a low ISO of about 100- 200 and a f stop of about 2.8 and a shutter exposure of 20 - 25 seconds depending on the brightness of the lights.

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