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Thank you all again for the kind words!
Charlie Shugart wrote:
These are wonderful, Scott.
I've only seen the Northern Lights a few times in Fairbanks Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, and it was always very dark when the lights were visible.
I'm a bit confused by all the ambient light you have here- presumably from a bright moon (it even casts strong shadows).
Is there a simple explanation for this city boy to grab hold of?
You are correct. It is from the moon. My recipe for successful aurora shots (due to garbage gear) is moonlight+snow+aurora= usable exposure. Now if I had one of those fancy new Nikon D800 with gobs of dynamic range my options would open up emmensly!