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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:28 pm 
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I have 1-month left in Alaska and have finally seen the Northern Lights. I did not have my tripod and was fighting a lot of road traffic, especially for this first one so I don't know how true the color is:

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Northern Lights as sun rises by sherpa1d, on Flickr
This was as sun rise over the mountains. 35mm f/2 iso3200 1-sec no touch-up except size

Most came out blurry with the 2-sec and no tripod but I will try and post more later

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#1 looks great. Must have been fantastic to see the show. It's one of my ambitions to see them. Very pleased for ya. 8)

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The first one has an eerie look to it, the red bush also adds to the night shot. I imagine it was an amazing sight, lucky you.


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Nice shots, Mike. The first one is especially impressive considering that you didn't have your tripod on hand, plus the composition is excellent. Also, they're both a bit noisy, which is sometimes necessary when shooting handheld in low light situations. You may want to consider a program such as Noise Ninja, which works exceptionally well. However, sometimes those programs erase stars thinking that they're noise, so that's something to consider.

We sometimes see the northern lights here in Winnipeg, but the last time they appeared the moon was too bright to photograph them *sigh*, it's too bad, they were such a beautiful display.

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I don't want to give anyone the wrong impression. I was super excited to see the northern lights but honestly to the naked eye it wasn't much more than a haze in the sky. It may have been more if there wasn't so much road traffic. The long exposure really brought out the lights. I hope this weekend to get in a better viewing area if the weather isn't bad.

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Always nice seeing pictures of Northern Lights - would love to see more.

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If these clouds break tomorrow like they are supposed to I'm going to a better spot EARLY Monday and try again :D

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So far no show on getting some new shots but re-did the edits. These are closer to the correct colors and also cleaned up some of the stars. I like these MUCH better

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Northern Lights by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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Northern Lights by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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Northern Lights by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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Northern Lights by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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Northern Lights by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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