Northern lights

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by pjp, Nov 10, 2004.

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    pjp Guest

    3:00am, NS, Canada, uncommon very bright display of the northern lights
    covering the sky..

    I'll be damned if I could stand the cold (-5C) long enough to run thru the
    shutter speeds and f-stops searching for the right settings.

    1/2 hr later they were gone.

    Any advice, S602Z?
     
    pjp, Nov 10, 2004
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    Tom Hise Guest

    At http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01nov04.htm there are many
    aurora photos with info on exposure time used, ISO, lens setting, etc.
    They may give some guidance on what to try.

    Good luck.

    Tom Hise
     
    Tom Hise, Nov 10, 2004
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    Owamanga Guest

    Get a snow jacket?
     
    Owamanga, Nov 10, 2004
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    Mark M Guest

    Invest in proper winter clothing?
     
    Mark M, Nov 11, 2004
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    Matt Ion Guest

    Headline: Photographer attempts humor, fails miserably, dies a horrible
    death.
     
    Matt Ion, Nov 11, 2004
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    Mark ² Guest

    I believe that makes two of us now, Matt.
    :)
     
    Mark ², Nov 11, 2004
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    Carl Guest

    If possible get everything set up for your exposures. Probably about 20 to
    30 seconds depending on your film of choice. Most of mine were taken with
    Ektar 25 and Fuji realla slide film. The longer exposures will show movement
    in the stars. Take a few shots and go indoors or into your vehicle and warm
    up when you get cold. From experience it doesn't take long to get cold
    at -65F That was about the temperature in McGrath Alaska when I was taking
    shots of the Northern Lights in 1987 to 1990 in Jan and Feb. Although it is
    a real pain to work your cameras back into a warm house after they get down
    to that temperature. I put the cameras and lenses into zip lock bags and
    pressed out all the air I could outside in the cold. Then I would leave my
    tripod and camera bag by the front door in the arctic entry overnight then
    move them by the interior door for most of the day and finally into the
    house that evening.

    Carl
     
    Carl, Nov 11, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Subhead: "Couldn't afford winter clothing. Fund established for
    funeral costs."
    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Nov 11, 2004
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    Bones Guest

    You shouldn't need to press out any cold air. Cold air contains very little
    moisture. As it warms, it certainly won't condense on the camera.
    Why such a long process? You should be able to take the camera (inside the
    plastic bag) straight into the house to warm up. Give it a couple of hours
    before opening the bag and it should be fine. You're being way too paranoid
    if you think you need 24 hours to warm it up.
     
    Bones, Nov 13, 2004
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