Aurora over the Absoroka's - mod

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This was early in the event, so very little of the color was visible by eye, only brightness. This view looks almost due East from my house towards the Absoroka Mtns. The peak to the right of center is Chico.

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I like this version because the aurora is nearly centered in the frame. I have others with the frame shifted left or right and they don’t feel as balanced. On close examination, there was a problem at the bottom, that I fixed and uploaded a new version. Since I could not see the colors when I took this, the question of color and brightness is totally subjective.

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R5, 24-105 @ 24, 3.2 s, f/4.0, iso 1600, tripod, 2 s shutter delay

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Love the luminance of the aurora. I’m a bit of a mountain man, so part of me wishes more of the mountains were visible, but this image is not about mountains! I am a bit jealous that you’ve got a fairly noise free image from an f/4 lens and a fairly low ISO. Really nice!

Spectacular! I hate to feel greedy but wonder if you can bring out more color!

You may have answered my questions about why i didn’t see more, as our view to the east is largely blocked by a nearby hill and even nearer tall trees. I should have headed for high ground but wasn’t expecting much this far south.


Probably the most stunning aurora image I have seen so far. This is just glorious. I especially love the subtle almost pastel colors. I would not change a thing.

This is really nice Mark. I think the sliver of mountains at the bottom is just the right size. Not too big to give space for the colours and lines of the aurora and big enough to ground the image perfectly.