Photographing Auroras



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.


Jul 23, 2011
north of CYYZ
canonwhore said:
Just wondering if anyone here has any experience photographing auroras?

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


Oct 7, 2011
There was a neat article on dpreview a few months ago, actually! : D

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!!)

The main site is 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.


Sep 11, 2010
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.


Feb 24, 2011
If it is not windy, find a lake and shoot the reflection of the auroras on the lake. It might be a long drive to Lake Louise...but it would be worth it.

The Moon will help light up the foreground.

If you don't want to go far, find a row of trees and get a photo like this

Good luck. I wish I was up there.


Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Wellfedcanuk I realized that the time is actually 11:25pm after I posted the initial post. It's a clear night an I'm holding for a nice display. Fingers crossed.

dr croubie

Too many photos, too little time.
Jun 1, 2011
I read about it on the news today, they said it would start 'around midnight tonight' (in australia, so 3 hours left) and last about 24 hours. Won't see it from where I am, but they reckon there'd be a view in Hobart (a view that would be covered in cloud, unfortunately).

Given that it's caused by the biggest solar flare (or was it a CME?) in the last 5 years, would it muck up a digital camera, has anyone ever heard of small electronics like cameras getting blasted by flares? (yes, I know we're well protected down here, satellites have to worry more). I know what happened in canada about 30 years ago, and i'm planning on turning my pc off overnight for the hell of it (for a change, it normally runs 24/7), just in case...
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