View Full Version : Northern Lights up in Alaska

05/04/2017, 09:53 AM
I did a big Exchange upgrade at work on Friday the 21st, and when I was driving home in the wee hours of the morning of the 22nd, the aurora borealis were so bright I could see them over my truck's headlights and the huge street lights for the highway overpass I turned off on.

Long story short, I ran inside and grabbed my 70D with the stock kit lens and tried to get some pictures. My battery was warning that it was going to die, so I knew I had just a couple pictures before it gave up. I ended up getting about 10 photos before it was out of juice.

I handheld all of these at 1 second, just against my chest and hoping they would turn out. You can see the stars in some of them are pretty blurred and moved around, so I failed a little more in some than others :)

All taken at f/3.5, 1 second, ISO6400, 18mm.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i236/Recty/NorthernLights010.jpg~original (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/Recty/media/NorthernLights010.jpg.html)

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i236/Recty/NorthernLights009.jpg~original (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/Recty/media/NorthernLights009.jpg.html)

I like this one below, it contains the Big Dipper :)

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i236/Recty/NorthernLights008.jpg~original (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/Recty/media/NorthernLights008.jpg.html)

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i236/Recty/NorthernLights007.jpg~original (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/Recty/media/NorthernLights007.jpg.html)

This one reminds me of a seahorse!

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i236/Recty/NorthernLights006.jpg~original (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/Recty/media/NorthernLights006.jpg.html)

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i236/Recty/NorthernLights001.jpg~original (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/Recty/media/NorthernLights001.jpg.html)

Hope you enjoyed them!

05/04/2017, 09:43 PM
nice, thanks for the pics


05/04/2017, 09:50 PM
So awesome looking! Hoping to one day make the trip to see this in person, thanks for sharing

05/23/2017, 11:21 PM
It was a spectacular night but we had some clouds here in Anchorage. This one could use some noise reduction but I edited and posted it in a pretty hasty manner so never really cleaned it up.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk319/IPTalaska/RC%20forum/tye%20dye%20aurora_zpsjf61atrf.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/user/IPTalaska/media/RC%20forum/tye%20dye%20aurora_zpsjf61atrf.jpg.html)

Below is a link to a timelapse I was able to throw together. It's a bit choppy because my intention was not shooting a time lapse but it happened that I had enough frames to throw it together. Life has been busy so I am not on RC too much anymore, but I do post a bunch on our office FB page. Always looking for more likes so feel free to Like us! There is also a link to my blog page where I post a bunch of images too but I haven't updated that one in a while. In the archives are some pretty sick underwater images from Fiji a few years back!


06/08/2017, 03:08 PM
Very cool pictures. I hope to see that in person one day