These are some of my first successful northern lights photo shoot after nearly eight years of trying. We got a call from some friends last night around 9:30 last night that they were out. When we opened our garage door to head out, they were right in front of us. We have never been able to see them from our house because of the city lights. We then headed to the hillside up above the city to get better views. We enjoyed a couple hours' worth of the lights moving all around us overhead, and some out over the city as well. We had several streaks and at times, the sky was completely green.
After a couple of hours, we decided to head home. As we started down the hill, the lights were starting to come on strong, dancing overhead quite a bit. Since I kept pulling over to take more photos, we decided we should turn around and head back up the hill. When we turned around, there was an amazing show of lights behind us. We quickly found a driveway of a house that we were familiar with and knew nobody was living in (we almost bought it a couple years ago), got out, and started taking more photos. Most of the photos taken had exposure times of about 10-30 seconds. I've never taken any photos of these before and really had no idea how to do this. I ended up taking about 40 photos, and the attached three are the best we found. We are headed back out tonight, so there may be more coming.
Pic #3 (bottom photo) is the very first picture I took last night. You can see the city out to the left.
Pic #2 was taken probably an hour and a half into our viewing. The faint red to the bottom right of the photo are the city lights. Note to self in the future - when my buddy Cory gets in front of me to take pictures with his cell phone, he gets a swift kick from behind. Photoshop will obliterate him from view.
Pic #1 (top photo) was taken when we turned around to go back up. This was the first time we saw colors other than green, as you can some purple mixed in. This was going off just as we got parked, so I was rushing to get this taken.
Hope you enjoy. If you have any tips for better photos, please let me know.