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canonwhore:
Just wondering if anyone here has any experience photographing auroras?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News030712-X1.5.html

Nasa states the solar flares should reach earth around 01:25EST or where I am 00:25 MST (Calgary). I am hoping to go and get some good shots if anyone knows of a good place?

YellowJersey:
Nope, I don't have any experience. But, if you're going to shoot the aurora.... could I come? I live in Calgary too but don't have a car. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

 You might also want to check out a guy I know on DeviantArt who shoots the auroras all the time up in Fort Smith. He posts his camera data for most/all of his shots... should give you a good starting point.  http://octoberlife.deviantart.com/gallery/

wellfedCanuck:

--- Quote from: canonwhore on March 07, 2012, 04:37:46 PM ---Just wondering if anyone here has any experience photographing auroras?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News030712-X1.5.html

Nasa states the solar flares should reach earth around 01:25EST or where I am 00:25 MST (Calgary). I am hoping to go and get some good shots if anyone knows of a good place?

--- End quote ---
If you're in Calgary, you're going to be an  hour late... 01:25 EST is 23:25 MST.

underjammer:
There was a neat article on dpreview a few months ago, actually!  : D

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8217618174/auroral-photography-a-guide-to-capturing-the-northern-lights

Aaand, here's an site that predicts where the aurora will be and who can see it, etc..  (Though don't let this discourage you from looking, if you're outside the predicted area!!)

http://helios.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/

The main site is http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ but it said the system is down, and redirected me to the (nicer) Ovation one..  : D

And here's another one that gives a broader range over time.  This is the page I was looking for when I came across that nice Ovation one.

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmerica/2012/03/07

AJ:
Another Calgarian here!

The exact timing of auroras is difficult to predict.  Particles coronal mass ejection should hit Earth between Thursday morning and Friday night.  Thursday night is probably your best chance.

I shot this one at Buffalo Lake this summer.  I had brought my tripod but misplaced my quickrelease  :(
So this shot was taken braced.  Canon 7D, 17-55/2.8 IS.  Thank goodness for high-iso and IS.



I have better aurora shots but they are on slides

As for places to go - well you could drive out of town but it's going to be bright everywhere with the full moon blazing.  I'm thinking about trying Scotman's Hill.

edit to add: thanks for the links Underjammer!!  Karma comin' your way.

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