Oshyan is gone for a week

Started by Oshyan, March 15, 2012, 01:52:41 am

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Oshyan

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you all know I'll be gone for a little over a week. Heading up to Alaska to hopefully enjoy the aurora! So wish me luck on the "space weather". ;)

While I'm gone Jo and Matt will still be available to help in forum threads, deal with registrations, etc.

- Oshyan

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elipsis1

Have a great trip! I wish I could see the northern lights, heck, I'd just like to see the milky way again... the noise pollution in the USA is horrible where I live.

rcallicotte

So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?

Blackheart6004

Have a good time there.

Also, bring pictures!!
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ajcgi

Ah so jealous! I second the aurora photos demand! :>

jamfull


Oshyan

Aaand I'm back! Awesome trip. I can highly recommend Alaska in late winter/early spring. Here are a few pics (3 aurora, 1 ice sculpture)...

- Oshyan

Kadri


Nice photos Oshyan.
I didn't thought about this before but it looks like taking pictures of auroras is not so easy ?

jamfull


lat 64

March 31, 2012, 01:50:08 pm #10 Last Edit: March 31, 2012, 08:18:04 pm by lat 64
What the Heck!
You were in Fairbanks!? I could have bought you a beer. OF course it would have cost you a few hours of nube questions ;).
Nice photos. Did you get up on one of the hills north of town? The mind is reeling with ideas for animating the northern lights.  

It's snowing now--no aurora viewing. Many people come to town and miss the aurora because of bad weather. You were very lucky.

Now, about the web site. Where'd it go? ;D (I found it)

Cheers,
Russ
I'm a half century plus ten yrs old. Yikes!

Oshyan

Aurora are somewhat difficult to get good pictures of. Basically you need a camera with very good low light capability and/or a "fast" (wide aperture) lens. They're also big, that you need a wide *angle* lens ideally as well. I had an f3.5 10mm (15mm on crop sensor) that I used for most of those shots and it worked quite well. Would have been nicer to have f2.8 or even f2, but that kind of lens (if it even exists at that wide an angle) would cost a lot more than my 10-20mm. Having a camera with very low noise high ISO capability also helps a lot. Mine is decent but not exceptional. Someone with a Nikon D700 or D4 would probably be able to capture some really stunning stuff.

Russ, sorry I missed you! Had no idea we had a TG-er in Fairbanks, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. We did really luck out on seeing the aurora while we were there, mostly from Ester Dome (so yeah, I think you nailed the viewing location).

Anyway, I will be back, Alaska definitely won me over. I want to return for more aurora viewing of course, but also would like to check it out in summer when everything is green, and ride the train from Anchorage to Fairbanks (through Denali I think). That sounds amazing. Also glaciers!

- Oshyan

lat 64

Yes, Summer is great for Alaska and Fairbanks can get downright warm then.
Don't do the package tour thing. They never let you out of their sight and the food is bad. Contact me and I'll give you some ideas if you don't already have some.
Definately do Denali Park! One full day minimum, perhaps a month ;D

Now back to work

R.
I'm a half century plus ten yrs old. Yikes!

rcallicotte

So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?