a good aurora

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    • #421296
      beth
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      this was from the 27th, my last night in iceland.  we’d seen the aurora twice, but couldn’t see any color except on camera.  but this night the sky exploded with bright greens and the occasional purple.  it was visible in downtown reykjavik, but i drove out of town to kleifarvatn (a lake in the reykjanes peninsula south of reykjavik) to get a better view.

      fuji 50r & 32-64mm @ 32mm (25.6mm at full frame equiv.)

      500/25.6 = appx. 20 sec. exposure to freeze the stars in place.

      turns out 20 seconds was way too long due to the speed and brightness of the aurora.

      went to 15 sec, then 10 sec, then 5 sec, settled on a 5 sec exposure.

      5 sec, f/4.0, iso 1600

      tripod, shutter release cable, focus manually set to infinity, coat and overpriced beer.

      • This topic was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by beth.
    • #421311
      Gerald Murphy
      Participant

      Stunning. I’m so jealous never having seen the aurora. Lovely capture. Thank you for the settings.

      • #421361
        beth
        Participant

        thanks gerald.  it was my first time seeing it.

    • #421330
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      This was predicted and we flew out that afternoon. DANG!

      As you can tell I’m envious Beth. Very nice capture and so much better than in town, unless you could have used that church as foreground 😉

      • #421362
        beth
        Participant

        thanks rob.  not getting to see the lights sounds like a good excuse to go back.  i would have loved to been on snaefellsnes when this hit.

    • #421333
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      It’s beautiful. I can only imagine what it’s like to see in person.

      “tripod, shutter release cable, focus manually set to infinity, coat and overpriced beer.”   🙂

      • #421363
        beth
        Participant

        maybe a little bit better in person because you can see the movement.  but the colors and brightness were just as intense in person that night.

    • #421339
      Dahlia Ambrose
      Keymaster

      This is brilliant Beth! Love it so much 🙂

      • #421364
        beth
        Participant

        thanks dahlia

    • #421358
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Wow! What a pic. What a sight to see. I’m going to stop there or else I’ll ramble on senselessly.

      • #421368
        beth
        Participant

        thanks graham

    • #421383
      LeanneC
      Participant

      I appreciate the trial and error involved in a great capture! I also love the list of materials though for me it would be hot chocolate and Baileys! 🙂

      • #421439
        beth
        Participant

        thanks leanne.  you really can’t go wrong with hot chocolate and baileys.

    • #421384
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Nice Beth, I like the other one on flikr as well.

      • #421440
        beth
        Participant

        thanks.  i picked this one because it showed less water.  the water is smooth enough to pick up the color but not smooth enough show a mirror reflection.  and once you’ve seen a little bit of choppy green water you’ve seen it all.  so i picked the one with more sky.

    • #421433
      Federico Alegria
      Participant

      With that view, I don’t matter having an overpriced beer! Thanks for sharing your trip with us Beth.

      • #421441
        beth
        Participant

        it started out around $10 a bottle for monkey piss and went up exponentially from there.  except pilsner.  that you could buy fairly cheap in the gas stations and was legal to drink while driving.  or at least we saw people drinking it while driving.  one of the gas station attendants described it as being slightly stronger than tap water.

    • #422039
      Barb
      Participant

      Thank you for the details on how you shot this and why you chose this particular photo. I’m just learning. To date, I have a good grasp on the role beer plays in waiting for your shot.

      • #422041
        beth
        Participant

        as a sauced- er – seasoned photographer i can pass along some of the wisdom that i’ve acquired: beer is a very important part in learning how to properly post process even the most fubared of images.

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