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Northern Lights are Back

Uploaded by: wildernessgirl

Wednesday August 28, 2013

Soldotna, AK (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: first ones I have seen, now all I need to do is remember how to photograph them right

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i

Orientation: top - left

x-Resolution: 0.01

y-Resolution: 0.01

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery14.0.8117.416

Artist: NancyDean

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 386 sec.

FNumber: f/11.0

Exposure Program: Manual

ISO Speed Ratings: 400

Exif Version: Exif Version 2.21

Shutter speed: -8.59 EV (APEX: 0, 385 sec.)

Aperture: 6.92 EV (f/11.0)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 1.75 EV (f/1.8)

Metering Mode: Pattern

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 50.0 mm

SubsecTime: 24

SubSecTimeOriginal: 24

SubSecTimeDigitized: 24

Color Space: Uncalibrated

PixelXDimension: 938

PixelYDimension: 613

Focal Plane x-Resolution: 5728.18

Focal Plane y-Resolution: 5808.40

Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Inch

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Manual white balance

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Image Unique ID: C8CF3D4F99C54DD09DCB5A2BD8EBD541

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3. Clabo
6:03 AM GMT on August 30, 2013
Yeah, I don't even shoot f/11 in daytime, let alone night! :D

About f/8 is the "sweet spot" for clarity and wider DOF, but if you just want to focus "at infinity" for the horizon and stuff in the sky, just open it up to whatever's the maximum aperture on the lens, whether f/4, f/2.8, f/1.2, whatever you've got.

I've got a 50mm @ f/1.2 lens I like for nighttime shots, even though I'll close it up to f/1.4 or 1.8 or so for a cleaner image. 50mm @ f/1.4 lenses tend to be a lot cheaper (like half the price of a 1.2), and that's not all that much difference, especially if you close up the lens a little from wide-open.

Anyway, f/2 vs f/11 is 9 stops' worth (512×!!!), so a 6min shot ends up being, what?, about ½sec? :D
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2. wildernessgirl
4:58 AM GMT on August 29, 2013
I think I need all the practice I can get, this one was a 6 min expsure think I use the wrong settings
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1. katy99780
4:35 AM GMT on August 29, 2013
I saw pretty good ones on Aug 16, what a surprise that was! Just barely dark enough to photograph!

I didn't see anything this night, I think we were cloudy. But you got it Nancy!

Hopefully we'll have lots of opportunity to practice this winter, eh?
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