Aurora season has started!

Catz

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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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Vivalo

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Great images! Would you mind to share your technique and settings?
 

Catz

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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.
 

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