EarthSky friend Sergio Garcia Rill made this video from over 4,450 individual photos taken in the course of two nights at Chena Hot Springs in Alaska. Sergio said:
This was my first time shooting the northern lights, and I quickly discovered that, unlike shooting regular nightscapes, one set of settings won’t work for all night. Your settings depend on the intensity and speed of the aurora. Therefore, the settings on the photos range from 1/3 of a second to 8 seconds, and from ISO 4,000 to 10,000.
Meanwhile, everything was shot at 14mm and f/2.8; using Nikon D750 and D600 cameras.
Please excuse the sudden flashes of light, there were a lot of tourists nearby trying to get aurora photos with flash, or just afraid of stepping out without a flashlight.
I tried to remove most of it, but some happened in the middle of a nice aurora sequence so I decided to keep them.
Thank you so much, Sergio, for sharing this video with us!
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