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Majestic Aurora Borealis
Majestic Aurora Borealis

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Challenge: Expert Free Study 2016-01 (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Date: Jan 31, 2016
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 10 sec
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2016

Shot on a recent trip to Alaska for the purpose of seeing / photographing the Northern Lights.

Shot RAW, didn't make use much of the 'expert' rules; mainly
reduced noise and remove minor elements/defects.

Place: 31 out of 62
Avg (all users): 5.8395
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.6486
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 217
Views during voting: 164
Votes: 81
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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02/24/2016 06:48:40 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I gave this a 7 during voting, it's a lovely shot with the AB doing its thing - not often that we see them in Southeastern Ontario!

Very nice comp, great colours and I lived in NW BC at one point so I can feel my nose hairs freezing looking at this. But I can also tell straight off that you used a tripod, difficult to get that amount of detail without one. Colours are great, but the big bugaboo with long exposures at night is noise, and if you're not careful the NR software used may remove noise - but then create an effect that is borderline over-sharpened, and sadly other photog moving around didn't help much; though he does add a sense of scale, it may have been best to just clone out him and leave his tripod ;-) I think that's why it finished relatively low.

Pleaser keep up the good work and keep on entering! Feel free to PM me with any questions.

02/22/2016 01:18:40 AM
Thanks for all the positive comments; as always, I'd hoped my image would do better but c'est la vie.

To address one of the specific questions: yes, I used a tripod, and the image is definitely in focus (look at the tripod, stars, etc.)
The problem with the man is motion... a 10 sec exposure and the individual didn't cooperate. I prepared a version with the
man taken out, but ultimately thought the image had more "punch" with something in the foreground for scale.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2016 11:54:53 PM
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02/20/2016 07:16:28 PM
wow !!!! amazing!!!
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02/18/2016 08:04:29 PM
Wow. Magnetic. Not sure if you used a tripod for this as the man looks out of focus. Or perhaps that was your intent. I gave you a 7.
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