Northern lights - Amateur

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  1. Arx

    Arx TPF Noob!

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    This is my second time catching auroras! Tips & Tricks are more than welcome!
    Had trouble finding good foreground, but my main first goal was actually catch them on camera, next time I'll be going to the seaside and focus more on the foreground. I'm also looking forward to make panorama out of them.
    I shot in FINE JPEG and with SMALL resolution :hopelessness:
    I've been shooting in sRGB, is it bad?

    CAMERA: Nikon D3200
    ISO:3200
    WB: AUTO
    SHUTTER: 15-20 seconds
    F-STOP: F/3.5-5.6
    LENS: Tamron 18-200mm

    Should I change WB in camera or should I do it in post-processing? And I've recently looked into using histogram...is it somehow helpful when shooting in dark?

    1) 1.jpg


    2) 2.jpg

    3) 3.jpg

    Noise reduction decreases quality quite a lot.


     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful Supporting Member

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    Nice set of images, but it might be better to just show them instead of having the spoiler to click.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    Must be my browser.
    This is all I see above .... nothing
     
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    Warhorse No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have no answers for your questions, but I must say I like these pics a lot.
     
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    I see them. I can’t click them to make them bigger though.

    I think they look cool.

    The wb is something you can adjust in post. I wouldn’t worry about it so much while shooting. Especially a shot like this where there’s no real reference to what the colors should be (the stars might be the only way to tell).

    I don’t know if it’s possible to open up your aperture any more to be able to shorten your shutter speed. You might be able to get less movement from the Aurora.
     
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    Thank you, removed spoilers aswell ;)
     
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    Removed spoilers, maybe now you can see them?
     
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    It's nothing special..It's the auroras itself that make everything look nice ;) Thank you!
     
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    Arx TPF Noob!

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    That's informative, thank you! I just checked my camera and it can go down to F 3.5 with ISO 3200 and shutter 10-30 seconds. Yesterday when I was on shooting I thought I had my aperture as down as possible but I guess I was wrong.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    Yes, very nice greens in the first image. Good job on all of them.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    Your Tamron 18-200 will open up to f/3.5 at 18mm. As you extend the range to 200 it gets to f/6.3 quite quickly.

    I use a 18-35/3.5-4.5 also. As the f/3.5 is faster @18mm than the more expensive 18-35/4 but much cheaper and lighter than the 18-35/2.8 lenses. Sometimes fixed apertures such as f/4s are slower at certain focal lengths than variable aperture lenses and if you use it at wide angle all the time, you'll be slightly faster (and save a lot of money).
     
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    Then I believe at least 1 or 2 of the photos I posted here are with the aperture of F/ 3.5 because I mostly used 18mm length. First one is definitely not 18mm though.
    Thank you!
     

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