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Graptolite 28th February 2014 11:02 AM

Aurora 27.2.14
 
Well the skies cleared and I headed out to see how the EM1 would cope with some night photography. It was very cold but the aurora didn't disappoint - one of the best we've seen here for a number of years. Carried on snapping until a mist came down about 12.30.

Taken at ISO's of either 1600, 2000 or 3200, with exposures ranging from 10- 30 seconds.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2270954-21.jpg
ISO 1600 10s f2.8

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P22709581.jpg
ISO 1600 10s f3.2

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P22709621.jpg
ISO 1600 10s f3.2

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P2270978.jpg
ISO 1600 25s f4

Final pic looking in the opposite direction, to the southwest:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P22709911.jpg
ISO 3200 25s f4

OM USer 28th February 2014 12:19 PM

Re: Aurora 27.2.14
 
A very impressive set of shots.

Zuiko 28th February 2014 12:33 PM

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Wow, that was a good night's work - I'm envious! *chr

IainMacD 28th February 2014 12:45 PM

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Now that is the way to do it! Excellent images David

crimbo 28th February 2014 01:24 PM

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Very nice........

brian1208 28th February 2014 02:00 PM

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Envy is a sin and I'm a SINNER! :D

A great opportunity well taken

stoates 28th February 2014 03:03 PM

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Great series of images - much better than I managed. Do you remember what aperture you were using? I stuck with a 60 sec exposure, eventually using F4 - F5.6 (dependant on focal length set on my 9-18mm and varied the ISO but only up to maximum of 800. All of my images much darker than yours.

Graptolite 28th February 2014 06:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by stoates (Post 281718)
Do you remember what aperture you were using? I stuck with a 60 sec exposure, eventually using F4 - F5.6 (dependant on focal length set on my 9-18mm and varied the ISO but only up to maximum of 800. All of my images much darker than yours.

Sorry - I should have put those in but was a bit rushed this morning when I posted. I've edited the post and added them under each picture.
I find 60s exposure time a bit too long - anything over 30s and the stars begin to get noticeable tails (thats at 9 or 12mm end - it'll need shorter exposure times if you use longer focal lengths).

crimbo 28th February 2014 06:43 PM

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You can let the stars track as the aurora does not

alfbranch 28th February 2014 07:27 PM

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Finally someone showing what the EM1 can do at night.

I love those shots but I didnt see anything at 2am when I went to the beach.

I am so jealous those are great.

stoates 28th February 2014 07:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Graptolite (Post 281740)
Sorry - I should have put those in but was a bit rushed this morning when I posted. I've edited the post and added them under each picture.
I find 60s exposure time a bit too long - anything over 30s and the stars begin to get noticeable tails (thats at 9 or 12mm end - it'll need shorter exposure times if you use longer focal lengths).

Thanks David. I am still a bit 'high ISO averse' with the E-5 but it is probably more preferable than having to crank up the exposure in post with regards to noise. I will give your recommendations a go - just have to wait for the cloud to disappear now!

Mickg 28th February 2014 09:57 PM

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Excellent work. Would be happy to see it let alone shoot it!

gregles 1st March 2014 05:05 PM

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Well done David, some really excellent shots*chr

Graptolite 2nd March 2014 05:18 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by gregles (Post 281851)
Well done David, some really excellent shots*chr

Thanks Greg. Hope you managed to catch it in Annan!


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