With the news of yet another solar flare hitting the northern hemisphere, Vancouver is once again gripped by the Northern Lights craze.
So much so that many gray-eyed photographers stayed up Friday (October 29) and everyone shouted for a glimpse of nature’s most impressive light show. Unfortunately, their enthusiasm seemed to be a bit too early as the current solar forecasts predict that the Northern Lights will be out in force d. Saturday night.
Rob Lyons is a photographer and board member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Based on his experience of capturing the Northern Lights earlier this month, Lyons offered some advice on social media.
When should I look?
“The current forecast shows that the storm should peak for us here on the lower mainland between 20.00 and 02.00 with a few hours on each side, ”Lyons said, adding that it is difficult to predict anything beyond 30-40 minutes with accuracy.
However, there is this handy forecast that will provide constant updates that you can check.
Where should I look from?
“In terms of seeing the lights, it’s best to get away from light pollution, so get out of town if you can,” Lyons said. “The camera shows them more than what the naked eye sees, so if you are not one [photographer], you should drive to a dark place with an unobstructed view to the north. ”
Usually Lyon will recommend going to Spanish Banks, Porteau Cove or Pitt Lake but with last night bringing so many sky-viewers out of the woodwork, he recommends going further away from the beaten path.
Lyons also recommended making an evening out of it, packing some food, hot chocolate and going well and early before sunset.
But how do I get my internet points?
“If you want to take a picture for the gram and gather your internet props, you want to use the best camera you own and put it on a stand. ONE fast lens like a 50 mm f / 1.8 will help as it performs better in low light, ”explains Lyons.
“Next, you’ll have to do one long exposure, either use a remote shutter release or activate the shutter lag on your camera, a 2 seconds delay will do the work. This will prevent you from shaking the camera when taking your picture. The lights can be dim and slow or fast and blazing. “
“For slow northern lights you can shoot 15-30 second exposures and get good results. If the lights ‘dance’ in the sky, try a faster shot off 3-5 seconds or even faster. You can raise your ISO to help you get a better exposure. “