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Apr. 27th, 2012 @ 07:40 pm aurora australis
I have enjoyed viewing the Aurora Australis for the past few years but something I have never been able to do is photograph it. My camera has never been powerful enough to capture the spectral lights. Until this year.... Thanks in part to a new camera, but mainly thanks to installing CHDK (this program is amazing and has added so many capabilities to my standard P&S) on my new camera last night I was able to capture my first photograph of the aurora. I am very excited about this and look forward to tweaking my settings as the season progresses. It was also a pretty amazing aurora. I had been outside for about 30 minutes taking pictures of stars when my batteries died. I was about to head back inside when I noticed the faintest glimmer of an aurora starting to form. I ran inside, swapped out my batteries and went back outside. And waited. Sure enough the beginnings I had seen started to grow and grow and grow. Eventually a river of light was flooding it's way from horizon to horizon. It moved, it danced, it twinkled. It lit up the sky with an eerie green that I have come to love.

These were shot with a 62 sec exposure and at 100ISO.


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From:deltachild
Date:April 27th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. The first one is really something, I keep expecting something mysterious to come roaming into frame!
From:junsuisa
Date:April 27th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
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Wow
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From:paigehunt
Date:April 27th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
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Beautiful - thanks for sharing.
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From:liveavatar
Date:April 27th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
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Gorgeous. Especially the top one, where the aurora crosses the Milky Way. As an urban dweller I've never seen the Milky Way outside of a photo.
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From:amandioka
Date:April 27th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
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I don't understand anything about lenses or cameras, but the pictures are beautiful and I'm amazed at the amount of stars, so many!
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From:normalcyispasse
Date:April 27th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I need to make it down there before I die.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:April 27th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Glorious.
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From:ehintz
Date:April 27th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Nice. There's been a couple of times this year that the forecast has had 'em visible from IVC and potentially CHC, but not quite yet all the way to WLG. Still hopeful.
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From:uberregenbogen
Date:April 28th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)
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Mmm... CHDK. I've had it on my PS-A560 for a few years. So many little things that the stock firmware should be able to do (like optical zoom during video recording, and long still exposures), and much more.
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From:jessicarane
Date:April 28th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
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i would love to be able to do a print of that first shot. is there a way i could get the original file from you?
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From:mananath
Date:April 28th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
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sure. what us your email address? I'd be curious to hear how it came out in print form.
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From:jessicarane
Date:May 10th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
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jessicarane AT yahoo.com
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From:wlotus
Date:April 28th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
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The sky is beautiful!
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From:bandofsisters
Date:April 29th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
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wow!!! thanks for posting them!!
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From:swashbucklr
Date:May 7th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Amazing. Keep posting these!
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From:fitfool
Date:April 30th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
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I love these aurora photos! Also, thanks for mentioning CHDK! I had no idea that existed. Are you camped out on Facebook instead these days?
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From:mananath
Date:September 11th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
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ha, I just saw this comment! Yea, LJ is pretty much dead for me. FB won the battle as my biggest time suck a few years ago... :)