This time of year, when it gets dark in the evening, we can see aurora borealis. It is also called Northern Lights. It is my first try photographing this type of subject. Micro 4/3 camera, kit lens, f.4 8 seconds. The camera makes it hard to compose, as there is no real viewfinder, and the lcd screen is dark. I might have to get some external viewfinder?
Too far south in Kent, very occasionally they show to the north, but too faint for photographs that are worthwhile. There were two days this year when it was clear enough to make out the glow, but no form or shape. Ice particles in the highest clouds sometimes shows colours at night, usually a ghostly glow. Trouble is street lighting is brighter at all times, especially with slight haze. Stephen
Truls, please remind us of where you live so we get an idea of the latitude at which this photo was taken. Thanks
Stephen: Great idea with a simple viewfinder.
My location in the world: Geographical coordinates: 69° 40' 0" North, 18° 58' 0" East
Here a few more images of northern lights, from two days ago:
I consider purchasing a faster lens, as my kit lens only f.3.5. Faster lenses capture more details from the light, and will also freeze movement when special shapes occur. Could need advice on this, which lens? Olympus 12mm/2.0 is too pricey, maybe some Samyang wide angle?
Northern lights just before Christmas, this time With some red color.
Nikon D3000 Nikkor DX 35/1.8 (53mm equiv). Short exposure, so the characteristic curtains can be seen. The speed of Northern light were high, to freeze action one must have used at least 1/250, not possible in the dark, even With a fast lens.