It was an amazing evening here in Alaska. I was outside, setting up another star shot, and taking some test shots (making sure the horizon was straight, the focus was good, etc.) at a high ISO. I noticed a green glow in the test shots, and as I watched the horizon, an aurora blossomed! We’re also in the midst of the Quadrantid meteor shower, so small meteors were flashing all over the sky. It was amazing! I managed to get a few pictures, of course, so here they are.
These first couple are all at ISO 800 for about 15 seconds.
Then, I switched to ISO 200, and locked the shutter open for 10 minutes.
And then again for 20 minutes. I like!
By the time the 20 minute exposure was finished, the aurora had pretty much dissipated, though there is a good chance there will be more tonight. I think I’m going to go to bed, though, since it’s after 2am here, and we have to work tomorrow.