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.
And like this!