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Old 10th January 2014
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Aurora Borealis

I've become a bit of a lurker rather than actively participating recently as we've just bought a new house and I've been far too busy to take any photos...

Still, we managed to get away to Iceland for a few days to see the Northern Lights and I've come to the conclusion that Iceland in the winter is the perfect location for lazy photographers like me... you can lie in until 9, have a slow breakfast, go out at 11 for some sunrise shots, you get 5 hours of "golden" light then you can either relax in a nice warm bar or brave the night to see some lights!

The hardest part was getting things in focus... you could see absolutely nothing in the EVF, had to take shots and then change focus accordingly.

Anyway, here's a few shots:





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Re: Aurora Borealis

Fabulous images Tim, I am totally envious!
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Re: Aurora Borealis

Thanks Mark, I think we were very lucky as we caught the lights twice on two successive evenings... although we did nearly get the car stuck in a snow drift on the second evening which was a little scary!
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Re: Aurora Borealis

Wow, what a display - I really like No 3.
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Re: Aurora Borealis

There's supposed to be a good chance of seeing aurora in Southern England tonight, but it's cloudy so far!

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Re: Aurora Borealis

Great images Tim I am as green with envy as your pictures.
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Re: Aurora Borealis

Ditto from me too, really jealous.
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Re: Aurora Borealis

Me too - we saw a show on TV recently on the Northern Lights and the presenter was disappointed as the lights were hit and miss on the nights the TV crew was there.
What they saw was not a patch on your photos!
And not being a "morning person" I like the idea of photography in Iceland too!
Lucky you!
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Re: Aurora Borealis

Fantastic images Tim. Everyone is a winner, although I do especially like the last one. Add me to the envy list.

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Re: Aurora Borealis

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Wow, what a display - I really like No 3.
As always we had the best display on the first night but the best location on the second, still some people go there and don't see it at all so I'm not complaining!


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There's supposed to be a good chance of seeing aurora in Southern England tonight, but it's cloudy so far!
I have to admit that I was a little miffed when I saw that and then looked at how much we'd spent on this trip!


Thanks birdboy, Phill and Ron!

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Me too - we saw a show on TV recently on the Northern Lights and the presenter was disappointed as the lights were hit and miss on the nights the TV crew was there.
What they saw was not a patch on your photos!
And not being a "morning person" I like the idea of photography in Iceland too!
Lucky you!
I think we were very lucky on the first night, there was a lot of cloud cover and we had to search for clear skies... I felt like an expert at reading the aroura forecast by the time we got home!
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Re: Aurora Borealis

Super shots Tim,
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Re: Aurora Borealis

I have to agree with John, number 3 is a stunner; great images Tim
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Re: Aurora Borealis

What a great set! I love #2 with the clouds interrupting & contributing to the charge field of the aurora (if that is a correct description).

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Re: Aurora Borealis

Hi there timg!

Very Very jealous! Not just that you have seen the Aurora Borealis but also that you have the skill to take such great photos of it. We had hoped to see the Aurora Borealis last december when we took the kids to Lapland but it was a cloudy evening so we saw nothing but more snow. The Icelandic winter wouldn't suit me at all as a night worker - I'd only be getting a few hours sleep!

Keep the great photos coming,

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Re: Aurora Borealis

+1 to all the comments above. Seeing the aurora is on my bucket list, so I'm rather envious. It's so hit and miss though. "Stargazing Live" a few nights ago on BBC was very lucky and got some live shots of the aurora, but there was the throw-away comment about someone who'd spent a fortnight in Tromso and didn't see a thing!

Good shots, and I like No 3 the best too.
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