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Re: Planning to go & see the aurora lights

Marking the manual focus infinity would mean sicking something on the distance scale to line up or in my case it happened to be a certain part of the infinity symbol. I am going to have to do it again before the aurora seadson as I have forgotten!
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Re: Planning to go & see the aurora lights

1) If you delay the shutter release through the menu you won't need a cable or wireless release, so fewer things to lose or go wrong, and fewer batteries.

2) If you are using the 12 ~ 40 f2.8 Pro lens, pull the focusing ring back. This enables fully manual, mechanical focusing, which also saves battery life!

With the focusing ring pulled back you will expose the distance scale. On my lens the infinity mark '∞' corresponds to infinity, or should be close enough if exposing at f4.0 or f5.6.

Exposing wide open will allow the shortest exposure, but in my experience the lens will perform better at f4.0 or f5.6, and will provide greater depth of field, which could be important if accurate focusing proves difficult.

Remember that very low temperatures may move the focus point slightly from that of warm conditions owing to contraction of the aluminium lens body.

Whenever we do night photography we tend to focus on a distant light if possible, or otherwise shine a powerful LED torch at a tree or object some distance away and use that as a focusing point. It's not ideal but if you are using the lens at the wide (12 ~ 14 mm end) focusing should not be too critical.

3) You would be very welcome to camp in our back yard but it can be a bit boggy in winter; plus you may have to share it with a flock of sheep!
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3) You would be very welcome to camp in our back yard but it can be a bit boggy in winter; plus you may have to share it with a flock of sheep!
I may just do that if I can't get anything on the plan trip. Sheep...are they nice and warm to cuddle??

BTW, you do live in a beautiful area Really don't mind visiting in the future.
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Sheep...are they nice and warm to cuddle??
You would need to ask a Welsh farmer about that.

I gather the New Zealanders are also partial to sheep, having named their capital after the Wellington Boot.
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Re: Planning to go & see the aurora lights

13 days to go..Am I excited.

Got a pair of those USB thermal glove, a pair of the Photographers glove (rather thin) Found my manual release cable that plugs into the USB port.

Since the EM1ii is not going to be out in time, should I use $$$ for that 7-14?

At the moment, the lenses for the EM1 are, 14-150, 12-40, 8mm Samyang, 17/1.8.
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13 days to go..Am I excited.

Got a pair of those USB thermal glove, a pair of the Photographers glove (rather thin) Found my manual release cable that plugs into the USB port.

Since the EM1ii is not going to be out in time, should I use $$$ for that 7-14?

At the moment, the lenses for the EM1 are, 14-150, 12-40, 8mm Samyang, 17/1.8.
Sounds lke a fab place to go, especially since seeing the photos on this thread. Last time i was out i used my mobile phone as the trigger which worked really well as i could leave the camera alone, granted wireless drains battery quicker but took plenty of shots.

re higher iso in the conditions for this thread can i ask why as my fireworks came out well at iso low, am i missing something? Apologies as long exposures are all new to me.
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............ Since the EM1ii is not going to be out in time, should I use $$$ for that 7-14?

At the moment, the lenses for the EM1 are, 14-150, 12-40, 8mm Samyang, 17/1.8.
I would use the 12 ~ 40 lens as it is fast and of high quality. When we have photographed the Northern Lights here at home they have covered a comparatively narrow area of sky, so we didn't need anything wider than 12 mm.

Maybe you would need a wider angle further north? Perhaps others can comment on this?

If you really do want something wider I would take the Zuiko 9 ~ 18 which is an excellent lens and very light weight too.

My son uses my old 11 ~ 22 Four Thirds lens on his EM1 (plus adaptor) with very good results, although it is a little heavy and bulky.

I would, however, experiment with long exposures and high ISO settings in advance to make sure you keep noise under control. We set the ISO to 1,200 if I remember, making manual exposures of 20 ~ 40 seconds at f5.6. The camera actually takes longer to process the image than to take it, so you will feel that you are waiting forever in the cold!

Good luck and enjoy.
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Sounds lke a fab place to go, especially since seeing the photos on this thread. Last time i was out i used my mobile phone as the trigger which worked really well as i could leave the camera alone, granted wireless drains battery quicker but took plenty of shots.

re higher iso in the conditions for this thread can i ask why as my fireworks came out well at iso low, am i missing something? Apologies as long exposures are all new to me.
Not sure if it's going to be fabulous or not..it's just one of my bucket list.

I think the aurora is just a natural reflected light and it's not as bright a fireworks hence the requirement for higher ISO to capture it.

In my few attempts at fireworks, they were all shot in low ISO. This is ISO 100

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Not sure if it's going to be fabulous or not..it's just one of my bucket list.

I think the aurora is just a natural reflected light and it's not as bright a fireworks hence the requirement for higher ISO to capture it.

In my few attempts at fireworks, they were all shot in low ISO. This is ISO 100

The Aurora is a form of fluorescence caused by electrically charged particles in the upper atmosphere, which are concentrated around the poles by the earth's magnetic field. That is why they are seen towards the North Pole, and presumably around the South Pole too?

So, the sky does actually light up. The Aurora is not reflected light.

However, the Aurora is not that bright, so you need very dark conditions to see it properly. In practice you will find that your camera's CCD sensor is more sensitive to light (and especially to colours in low light) than your eye, so don't be surprised to see more through the viewfinder than with the naked eye.

Fireworks photograph well at low ISO because they are so bright against the dark sky, and you don't have to worry too much about camera shake. Indeed, I can remember taking some very good fireworks shots with Kodachrome 64 film, hand held!
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13 days to go..Am I excited.

Got a pair of those USB thermal glove, a pair of the Photographers glove (rather thin) Found my manual release cable that plugs into the USB port.

Since the EM1ii is not going to be out in time, should I use $$$ for that 7-14?

At the moment, the lenses for the EM1 are, 14-150, 12-40, 8mm Samyang, 17/1.8.
Yes, the Vallerret gloves aren't really designed for extremely cold environments. I have used them in below-zero conditions with a pair of Lowe Alpine fleece mittens over the top, with the mitten fingers cut slightly to widen them and allow the Vallerret fingers through, and that worked well.

Also I recently got a pair of these (dirt cheap, and available in lots of basic outdoors shops) which I hope will be better in the wind and the wet:

http://www.nevisport.com/trespass-un...n-dlx-overmitt

They slip off easily for when you need to fiddle with the camera, and I can fasten them to my belay jacket cuffs with thin cord so I don't lose them.

I'm now set up for various cold/wet/wind configurations, so all I need to do now is summon up the enthusiasm to get out to the Peak District at 6am in the coming winter...

Have a great trip!
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Not sure if it's going to be fabulous or not..it's just one of my bucket list.

I think the aurora is just a natural reflected light and it's not as bright a fireworks hence the requirement for higher ISO to capture it.

Makes sense shows my lack of understanding of the aurora lights in relation to the intensity of its light. It will make it a good challenge for you by sounds of it but very very satisfying if u nail it.

Like the fireworks shot btw a building in the background was the one thing i was missing when i did some think i need to borrow the disney castle :-)

Hope u have a great time over there and look forward to seeing the results.
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Have a great trip and enjoy the show. Looking forward to seeing your images.
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Also I recently got a pair of these (dirt cheap, and available in lots of basic outdoors shops) which I hope will be better in the wind and the wet:

http://www.nevisport.com/trespass-un...n-dlx-overmitt
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Those will be great..No way I can get them to me in less than 9 days.

Thanks Nigel for correcting. If it views better thru the sensor...

timboo, do feel free to borrow anything. I don't really bother with copyright. Just give me a tiny credit if you win a prize for it.

After this trip, I will most likely ask the next thing..how to process them pictures.
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Re: Planning to go & see the aurora lights

Good advice from Naughty Nigel on the Aurora, it can be a very pale colour to the naked eye. My advice would be to not trust your eyes if the sky is clear set your camera up on a tripod in live view and see what you have. I went to Fairbanks last Sep and set up my camera as the sky had been clear and the Aurora forecast was a 3. I could not see anything with my naked eye but the camera showed a very dim glow. Not the best but it was something. If you have a good strong show of the Aurora then your eyes will be ok.

As for lenses I would stick with the Samyang 8mm I have the 7.5mm f 3.5 its a bit slower than yours but perfectly adequate. I would love the 7-14mm too but you are paying for an AF lens that you should be using in MF.

Have a great trip and hoping you have a good Aurora show.

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Re: Planning to go & see the aurora lights

All set..Adventure starts in less that 20 hours....really excited.

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