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Old 31-10-2013, 08:54   #1 (permalink)
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I'm taking the wife to Iceland next week (not the one up the high street!) hopefully to see the northern lights.
Has anyone got any tips on what to expect or any camera settings you would use.
Photos you may have taken could be good to see.
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From what I've read and seen the Northern Lights are constantly moving (or appearing to move) so I don't think you will be doing any long exposures. If you are lucky you will get some spectacular patterns.

Manual focus will probably be a must and perhaps manual exposure too.

Looking forward to seeing the results!
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Digital Photographer this month has an article on long exposures that includes a page on the Northern Lights and a shot taken at a 10 second exposure. may be of interest to you.
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Looks like you will be getting a good period - new Moon Sunday. Last time I took shots of the Aurora Borealis it was on film using 200ASA and some time ago in northern Alberta, but I can remember they were around 30 seconds. Probably shorter would have been better using the lens wide open @ f/2.8. Nowadays higher ISO can make shorter exposures easier. If you're lucky you will get a spectral show, and not just green. This is so awesome to see, you just want to stand and watch it.

As Dabs says you will likely be using manual focus. If you are using a modern zoom lens where it is possible to wind it beyond infinity, then check your focus beforehand in well lit conditions: i.e. line up on a far distant object and note the position of the infinity symbol for various zoom lengths (they do change!). Then when you are trying to set up your shot in the dark you will know where to line up on infinity manually (take a torch ), instead of just winding the focus ring to 'the far distance' stop, or even just lining up the focus on the infinity symbol, and getting everything out of focus. Finally if you want to include some closer rocks illuminated with a flash, or of people in the shot then use second curtain flash.
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Thanks guys for your help. We fly out on friday morning. I will post some pics when we get back.
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Have a good holiday
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I TYPE USING CAPITALS DUE TO A DISABILTY

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HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY STEVE, HOPE YOU GET SOME GREAT SHOTS
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