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"I want an eh--" "-ks one hundred? Who doesn't!" [Feb. 23rd, 2012|11:56 pm]
susan smitten
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I've tried, and failed, to take pictures of northern lights more times than I can count. I know I'm blessed to have seen them so many times that I'm not sure just how many that is. Yesterday, I finally managed to get some that turned out, having finally obtained a camera with a lens that lets in more than a little light.

Here are some of my favorites. These were shot with a 1" exposure at F2; the last two have an exposure compensation of +2/3. Many thanks to Captain Chris from Brazil, for calling me into the cockpit when the aurora started, and for helping me get the shots.

The Fujifilm Finepix X100 is a pleasure to use. I haven't had this much fun with a camera in a long time. Annie Leibovitz has one, apparently, and for what it's worth, so does David Beckham.

(Image swiped from the 2012 Lavazza calendar)

The thing is a better photographer than I am. Even when I'm fooling around, I'm thrilled with the results.

Like this picture of my boyfriend.

My dad gave me his Hoya Star-Six filter, which does neat things to points of light.

Like this.

And like this!

[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2012-02-23 09:17 pm (UTC)
a) you're absolutely gorgeous in that first pic.
b) you're too lucky for seeing the northern lights, not once but several times!
c) it's outrageous (in a good way) that you then have the equipment to capture it in all its glory, not to mention your cute boyfriend, and share it with us.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-23 09:29 pm (UTC)
b and c) I know I'm a lucky person. Believe me, I'm grateful for this.
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2012-02-23 11:22 pm (UTC)
Those northern lights photos are spectacular!! I have seen the northern lights 5 or 6 times from the ground, but never got any photos as good as yours. I also like your self portrait and the night city scene. You definitely have some talent for photography!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-24 06:18 am (UTC)
Five or six times is not too shabby!

And thank you! I always thought I had my own style, but not necessarily the skills. I want to develop my skills, without losing my style...
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[User Picture]From: pappubahry
2012-02-23 11:31 pm (UTC)
The aurora pics are great!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-24 06:19 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dakini_bones
2012-02-24 02:06 am (UTC)

Thats pretty epic!

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-24 06:20 am (UTC)

Re: Thats pretty epic!

It always is. It doesn't ever get old, and I babble and drool and go "wow... wow.. it's... wow...."
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2012-02-24 04:21 am (UTC)
i'm so envious that you get to see the northern lights!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-24 06:20 am (UTC)
Cool, huh? :-) I'm going to Seattle in about nineteen days, so I might have another chance, if it isn't too late in the year.
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2012-02-28 12:22 pm (UTC)
Ha. My first thought was: Seattle? You're highly unlikely to see the Lights from there! Regardless of the time of year!

Then of course it occurred to me that you're talking about seeing them from the plane, not the ground. Heh: no matter how much time I've spent in the air (obviously nowhere near as much as you, but still: a lot, especially compared to pretty much everyone else I know) it wouldn't really occur to me that you can see those suckers from a plane.

I assume you will be flying on the new(-ish) direct DXB-SEA route? So far as I can tell it appears as if that goes almost directly over the north pole! Neat! Maybe you will get some good shots!

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-28 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's right! The route will be nearly identical to the one I flew from LAX when I took the above photographs. But I'm not going until March 12th or something; it's luck of the draw, anyway.
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2012-02-28 11:51 am (UTC)
> having finally obtained a camera with

Yay! Those are some cool photos. Have you ever thought of trying to take video of them? I've considered it, but haven't the equipment, or the slightest inkling of how to go about doing such a thing (hell, I don't even know how to take still photos). I never realized until seeing them in person for the first time that they dance! Ever since, I've been mesmerised, but it's something that obviously doesn't ever come across in photos at all.

Last summer, my boss and her husband (who is a huge photography nut, with more kinds of expensive camera gear than I can find a way to count) spent a week at this extremely remote resort (they had to fly for 3 hours to get there from the nearest road) way out in the Northwest Territories, specifically to take Aurorae footage. But it, too, was all still footage, not video. (I never got around to asking them about the latter.)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-02-28 03:08 pm (UTC)
they dance!
Yeah, that never gets old. Thanks for sharing. =D

Have you ever thought of trying to take video of them?
I have now!
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