Here are some "auroral anecdotes" ( :) :) ) that compliment my Sixth Aurora Picture Gallery. :) :) Here you will find a play-by-play of each night that I was actually able to take some pics of the aurora. The aurora RULES!! :) :)
For over 10 years, now (!!)—I have wanted to take pictures of the aurora, reflected off of a lake. (!!) :) :) So, I drove about a hundred miles, southeast of Fairbanks, on the ?Steese? Highway—and waited.
At first (for some unfathomable reason), I was in a terrible mood. However, as the aurora brightened, so did my outlook. :)
These pictures didn't come out at great as I'd've liked (lights on the lake—didn't expect those, have to be higher [in elevation], next time. . . .)—but they are really cool. :) ;) One can see (the lights of) an airplane, captured in the first exposure. Also, the green and red "fiery pillar" was barely visible to the naked eye.
Coming home, late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, I walked out of the garage . . . and saw the aurora dancing overhead. :) :) I had a (strong) feeling, that this was going to be just "a flash in the pan," and that I should just stand there and enjoy it, whilst I could—but duty called, and I started getting set up.
As I expected, by the time I got set up . . . there was little left. :p :( But the shadow of the tree on the house is pretty cool. :) ;)
2/4/11 Thursday to 2/5/11 Friday
*FINALLY*, conditions were right for some nice aurora (prior to this, it had been one of the worst aurora viewing seasons EVER). So, we took off to a nice spot I know. . . .
Normally, when I'm trying to take aurora pictures, and cars keep driving by, it annoys me to no end . . . and this was no exception. ;) :P However, capturing all those head- and brake- lights in the some of the pictures, was actually pretty cool. Sometimes, crappy photography makes for the coolest pictures. :p ;) Something strange, though: In two consecutive pictures, there are lights in the trees in one picture, that weren't there in the previous one—car (in a otherwise not visible driveway)?
Then, we took a break, where we watched American Zombie. :p :P When it was over, we saw aurora over Fairbanks—which unfortunately quickly "evaporated." :p :( I was able to snap off a pic or two, of what remained. Of note, these are the first two pics I was able to take, at the "new spot" [for auroral photography] that I found—not even a mile from my apartment. . . .
Coming back from a bonfire (Bonfires *RuLe* :) ;) ), I saw some aurora, and pulled over in parking lot of the Pipeline viewing point. I was sick as a dog, and both the camera (low battery?), and the tripod weren't cooperating—but I was able to get set up, and take two very nice pics.
I knew there was supposed to be aurora—but I could see any, the previous evening. However, the next day, when I was taking Herr Fart Nugget (~dog) O-U-T, I looked up and. . . .
I ran in, and got set up. Of note, the first picture I took, was one second before 6 AM. :) :) -I almost caught my landlord's brakelights, in one of the photos, as he was leaving for work. My landlady couldn't believe that she didn't see these ["the lights"], as she left.
Conditions were positively ideal for aurora (The magnetic polarity of the solar wind had been negative for days. (!!))—so I was "primed and ready." :) :)
The BRIGHT, overexposed object just to the right of the house (in two of the pics) is THE MOON. For years, now, I have wanted to get a really good shot of the aurora, showing over Fairbanks, at the bottom of the picture.
I'm still waiting.
( :) ;) )
Two things a little strange, about this set: One, at first, I didn't think these pics . . . were all that great. It wasn't until after peeps were "oohing and ahhing" about them, the next day—that I realized what I had. Also, for perhaps the first time EVER, I didn't get all that excited, about the fact that I was taking picture of the aurora. (!!) I mean, rewind my life by 10 or 15 years, and I would've thought that I had died and gone to heaven. . . .