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The Northern Lights by MatiasSieppi The Northern Lights by MatiasSieppi
Canon 5D Mk II
17-40 L
f/9, 60s, ISO 1600
Headlamp for extra light.
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful colors
excellent work
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imba1 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Beautiful work! :thumbsup: :)
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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LizBarbour Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this! Great shot.
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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LizBarbour Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!! :D
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Nitrok Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hienoa! Mahtava maisema ja vielš reposet taivaalla.
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Kiitoksia
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Headlamp ?
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I gave some more light for the foreground with a flashlight.
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yes, a flashlight
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yep
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kayjensen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
beautiful.. just got that camera you have.. and right now looking for that lense too :O hehe.. cool!!
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
5d mk II and 17-40 it's pretty good combination, I'll be using it for years :) thanks for commenting
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kayjensen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
:) wow..! :) looking forward to it...and you are sure welcome
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MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Vau :omg:
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot :D
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D You're welcome :heart:
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celestialprincess101 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A nightly rainbow :)
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely!
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
fantastic work
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
you're most certainly welcome
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torivarn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see the northernlights in a autumn-environment. I'm looking forward getting the chance myself, it's just to cloudy these days and I don't think it's dark enough just yet.
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This was quite a lucky shot to be honest. I was going to shoot the sunset afterglow and stars, I wasn't even expecting auroras that night. I had a pretty good foreground at first when I was shooting towards north, but these auroras light up in south east sky, I was running in the dark with my headlamp trying to find a good foreground :D
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torivarn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A little tip for your future captures. Open your aperture as open as it goes, focus on "endless" and I'd keep my shutterspeed to somewhere between 8s and 25s. The reason for this is to freeze the motion of the lights. From experience a start out point that worked well for me last season was f2.8, ISO800 and 15 seconds.
And I guess if you want to light up the forground a little I'd try to quickly paint it with an external lightsource - one sweep to freeze that motion as well (several sweeps might cause ghosting if it's a moving foreground like a tree or a person).

These are only my experiences and isn't like a written this-is-how-it-must-be-done-guide :)
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MatiasSieppi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just checked all of the aurora photos I have, almost every image has a grayish area in the sky. Same as the left side of the sky in this image. Exposures I used were between 30-60 seconds. I guess the long exposure creates that grayish tone when the auroras move too fast across the scene. If you use hyperfocal you will get the widest possible depth of field. With my 17-40 at f/4 and 17mm it's possible to get depth of field from 1,34 meters to infinity. You can calculate this at dofmaster.com [link] . Anyway thanks for the tip :)
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torivarn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's not a bad idea to try hyperfocal as the auroras will speak for themselves. However you still want to freeze the lights as much as you can. And you are right, the graytone comes from .. call it overexposure. The thing is also when you use a long shutter the lights will act the same way as if you shot a moving car at night - the lights will be "dragged" through the scene.
I'm sure I'll get to see alot of nice auroras from you this season, I can't wait to get started myself :D
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