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Old 24th April 2012
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Northern Lights

One of the benefits of living in Galloway is the low level of light pollution, which allows for fantastic views of the night sky. One of the downsides of living in Galloway is that the sky is usually obscured by a thick blanket of cloud. But last night the cloud cover was minimal, the aurora came out to play, and we had the best display for years:



(E-5, 9-18mm zuiko at 9mm, 30s at f4, ISO 800)



(E-5, 9-18mm zuiko at 9mm, 25s at f4, ISO 1600)

What a night!
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Re: Northern Lights

Beautiful.
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Re: Northern Lights

All I'll say is you lucky Bar steward.Oh and also great pictures
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Re: Northern Lights

David,
What a great capture. I really like the colours particularly the reflection on the loch in the second one. Did you do any processing to accentuate the colours?
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Re: Northern Lights

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David,
What a great capture. I really like the colours particularly the reflection on the loch in the second one. Did you do any processing to accentuate the colours?
Jamie - They're not too far off what the OOC jpegs looked like, but I opened them in PSE 9, cropped them a bit, and actually reduced the brightness in some of them. The colour saturation hasn't been touched, except to reduce it in one shot (I can't remember which one). I also ran them through Noise Ninja. The camera does pick up more detail than you can see with the naked eye, (I couldn't really see the purplish part of the rays in the first picture, for example) although once you're used to the darkness it's a very dramatic sight.
One thing I didn't say in the info for each pic was that I set the white balance to incandescent light (ie. indoor light) as I found by trial and error that this seemed to give the most accurate colours. Auto white balance was useless.
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Re: Northern Lights

You lucky thing. I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights.
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Re: Northern Lights

Lovely shots David and thank you for the tip off

I was out for 2 hours and almost came home with nothing. Taking photies in the pitch black at 2 in the morning only seems a good idea This was the better of the two shots I actually managed to take and is very underexposed



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Re: Northern Lights

Agreed with comments.

Stunning

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Re: Northern Lights

Nice ones folks...cloudy in shetland so we missed it!!
Now tell me...you have NR or the noise filter on?
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Re: Northern Lights

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Lovely shots David and thank you for the tip off

I was out for 2 hours and almost came home with nothing. Taking photies in the pitch black at 2 in the morning only seems a good idea

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My wife was starting to get a bit worried when I was still out at 1 o'clock and by the time I came back in at 2am she was so frantic that she was fast asleep....

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Nice ones folks...cloudy in shetland so we missed it!!
Now tell me...you have NR or the noise filter on?
NR on auto, noise filter on high.
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Re: Northern Lights

Wow, David those pictures are spectacular and the colours are beautiful. Well worth the late night!
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Re: Northern Lights

David, how wonderful to see these AND capture these shots ! MAGIC ! Thanks for Sharing
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Re: Northern Lights

I can only echo the compliments of everyone else. Absolutely stunning shots David and Greg I'd love to see them one day. Didn't realise I could come to Scotland to see them though. I thought I'd have to go up to Norway.
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Re: Northern Lights

wow they're amazing, so cool i would love to see them for real
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Re: Northern Lights

Absolutely beautiful. Not a site I'd ever expect to see here in Manchester.
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