Friday, 2 March 2012

Northern Lights...

Here's a couple of pictures of the northern lights tonight from Maa Ness, Scalloway, looking north west. A beautiful night out there, just a pity I'm a light weight when it comes to staying up as there's no wind, it's fairly mild and the stars are amazing!



These are both 2 minute exposures, hence the stretched stars, anything over about 20/25 seconds and the stars  start to leave trails. I'm planning to do a really long exposure of  say 20 minutes or more looking at the pole star some time then you'll see the starts circling around it . The only problem is a 20 minute exposure with noise reduction on means 40 minutes to take one photos; time to meditate! The other option is to take lots of shorter exposures and stack them, that's a hassle in other ways, but would probably give a better quality photo.





I'm not sure I have the inclination to do that. 20 minutes looks more like this...


Combined with the northern lights in the background it would be pretty cool!


2 comments:

  1. Wow. The lines in the long exposures look like stitches.

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  2. Well there's a new project for you!

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