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    hey guys well I took yalls advice from last time and I think I got some pretty good pics this go round. I think these are a lot better





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    try using ISO 100 and a 20 second exposure less noise that way.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Richie:

    I really enjoyed the shots with the tent in the foreground.

    Good job!

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    Were these from Eagle River or farther north?

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    NICE!

    I saw them last weekend, but not an impressive display like that. You must be further north than southcentral AK.

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    thanks guys for the tips...I give em a try the next time they're out

    I located here in North Pole and decided to poke my head out the window before hitting the sack and they were hardly active and then within mins they started to light up the sky. They were active for over an hour and thats when I made the dash to the house to try and set up the tent...

    thanks guys,

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    Great shots. Is that you in the foreground? How did you get out there, stand still and trip the shutter with no blur?? I saw they were active yesterday evening. Believe it was a G1 solar storm. Wish I hadn't been so durn tired!!
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    Man, these look great. You sure got it right this time. Well done!
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    I was using a remote to trip the shutter.

    thanks again,

    Richie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richie View Post
    thanks guys for the tips...I give em a try the next time they're out

    I located here in North Pole and decided to poke my head out the window before hitting the sack and they were hardly active and then within mins they started to light up the sky. They were active for over an hour and thats when I made the dash to the house to try and set up the tent...

    thanks guys,

    Richie
    Hey Richie,

    Thanks for posting these. These are the best lights we have seen since September. They were fascinating, weren't they?
    My kids were excited to see them, but by the time we got home, they faded and the moonlight came out stronger.
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    I know they were awesome! I actually saw some with a redish/purple color but by the time I dropped the tent and almost fell down the stairs, I ran to the camera as fast as I could trying to put the btry back in but by the time I got the camera but up they faded.

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    Looks like the 29th will be a really good night.
    http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraFo...WindGeoAct.htm

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    thanks for the info...looking forward to the 29th

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richie View Post
    I know they were awesome! I actually saw some with a redish/purple color but by the time I dropped the tent and almost fell down the stairs, I ran to the camera as fast as I could trying to put the try back in but by the time I got the camera but up they faded.
    It's okay. Pictures came out great!!!!
    Next time, just leap and don't blink an eye! (j/k)
    I'll look forward to your pictures on the 28th!
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    Very nice photos, specially the one with the tent in the foreground.

    Like others have mentioned, bring the ISO down to around 400, for 11-14 seconds or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COtoAK View Post
    It's okay. Pictures came out great!!!!
    Next time, just leap and don't blink an eye! (j/k)
    I'll look forward to your pictures on the 28th!
    Richie,
    Have you taken any more pictures!
    The lights were out March 8th in our area that were really nice as well.
    Post if you have some new ones!!
    Before you know it, the sun will raid the sky and your Aurora exposure will be limited.

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    COtoAK,

    na' I haven't been able to get out here lately...but I really want to get some more pictures before it gets too late. The forecast seems like its gonna be low for the next couple of days at least til the 26th. I'll be looking up for the next couple of nights to see if they make an appearance

    Richie

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    Default nice shots

    You should feel free to to to 15 sec (it was an 8 sec exposure on the one I looked at closely) without any concern. 30 sec does start to get some star-smudging but if you keep the lens on your Rebel at 18mm like the one you shot of the man standing with his back to the camera, 15 sec should be fine. When you shoot at ISO 1600 as you did, you will be well served to use a program like Noise Ninja or other similar noise reduction program. I shoot 30 sec quite often and find it acceptable. I don't know if you are converting to sRGB or shooting in it, and it's fine for web posting, but in terms the shooting space and printing space, Adobe RGB has a much better range of greens available and should be used (if you aren't using RAW and ProPhoto) over sRGB. Well done.

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