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Aurora season has started!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Catz, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. Catz

    Catz Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 8, 2013
    Tromsø, Norway
    Hello! Here in Tromsø, the aurora season has finally started.
    Who said that m4/3 cant be used for night shots?:smile:

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    <p>[​IMG]"Photograph Prestvannet by Mats Langeid on 500px"></p>
    <a href="https://500px.com/photo/87216301/prestvannet-by-mats-langeid">Prestvannet by Mats Langeid on 500px</a>
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    <p>[​IMG]"Photograph Explosion by Mats Langeid on 500px"></p>
    <a href="https://500px.com/photo/87216303/explosion-by-mats-langeid">Explosion by Mats Langeid on 500px</a>
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    <p>[​IMG]"Photograph Curtain by Mats Langeid on 500px"></p>
    <a href="https://500px.com/photo/87216305/curtain-by-mats-langeid">Curtain by Mats Langeid on 500px</a>
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  2. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    Great images! Would you mind to share your technique and settings?
     
  3. Catz

    Catz Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Aug 8, 2013
    Tromsø, Norway
    Thank you so much!

    All of these images are shot on a Panasonic G5 with the Olympus 12mm 2.0. I placed the camera on a tripod and framed it, getting as low as possible to catch both foregound and the sky. I enabled manual focus and focused to infinity. Then I set up the camera to F/2.0, ISO 1600 and a corresponding shutter speed(between 2-8 seconds).
    Lots of movement in the aurora=faster shutter speeds to capture the form better.
    If there was little movement in the aurora, I stopped down the aperture to gain sharpness and a wider depth of field.(as you can see on the top image)
    The first- and the second to last shot are panoramas. I first captured the foreground, then moved upwards to the sky to get a consistency in the captured aurora. I edited the shots with the same settings in Lightroom and stitched them together in Microsoft I.C.E(fantastic free gem)

    All of the shots are edited in Adobe Lightroom. I had to adjust the whitebalance "colder" as the automatic whitebalance made the pictures far too warm and green.