The aurora put on a killer show on December 20 which I am sad to say – I slept through…
Having missed a big one I watched the numbers like a hawk on December 21 and decided there was still enough in it to warrant a trip up the east coast to attempt a Wineglass Bay aurora.
While I did taste some success, a large part of the night was a losing battle with the clouds.
Photographing the Aurora – Moonlight
A topic which divides aurora photographers somewhat is moonlight. The moon is an intense light source for cameras which are set to high ISO values, usually in the thousands, in order to capture the (relatively) dim light of the aurora. All these shots, taken from the lookout over Wineglass Bay, involved a fairly full moon, so balancing ISO and shutter speed was a slightly more complicated affair than on moonless nights.
My thoughts this evening were that the moonlight would add to the shot as Wineglass Bay is such an iconic location. Compare the shots from soon after sunset (above) to one taken in the middle of the night (around 3:00) below. The clouds really got in the way of this one, and the jury is out on whether a black silhouette or a nicely lit landscape work better.
In any case, it was a successful reccie, and has whet my appetite to capture a stronger aurora over Wineglass Bay the next chance I get
What are your thoughts re moonlight and aurora photography?