Luckily, I would say the Aurora was working overtime to help you with composition! I think you could make a hundred photos of the Aurora and many, if not most, would be worth looking at. The danger, I think, is in over processing them, which you have not. Even in the little town I live in (8000 people) the night light is too bright to be able to see them so I have to drive a few miles out into the country—and yes all the while the aurora saying “I’m not going to show up until you leave!” Thanks for this.
Really awesome backyard! I would think you could have your camera set up all the time since you’re already home and don’t have to leave! Not sure how YOU would compose an Aurora, I think they do it for you and it looks like you just have flat land and no mountains so it seems like you can’t go wrong with the landscape! Nice capture!
That’s an awesome display, so wide-sweeping and the colors are lovely! Composition is good. The small sliver of land at the bottom gives a sense of the massive scale of the aurora. You can read a bit about composition but my advice is to get out and take as many shots as possible. Sure, you will take tens of thousands of crap ones but now and then, a “decent” thing will happen (or even a great one!) that will give you the momentum to continue. In other words: practice The only thing I would do in this image is to straighten the curved horizon due to the fisheye distortion. The wide-angle filter in Photoshop is great for this. There was a recent discussion on NPN about this, with a great video: Correcting Distortion and Leveling a Pano using Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in PS - Learning with Experts / Techniques & Methods - Nature Photographers Network
@Diane_Miller I think the green patch on the bottom is a grass meadow?