The Night of the Aurora

Huge PhotoWalk in San Francisco Tonight!

Hope to see you there! See the event info here! 🙂 We’ll be giving away Google Glass, so good luck to all of you attending.

New part of the HDR Tutorial – mini-masking tutorial

If you have seen the new and improved HDR Tutorial, then you may see this new video below on page 3! This describes how to do masking, which is a very common question for people that are getting started in Photoshop.

Daily Photo – The Night of the Aurora

I think these happen a lot down here in New Zealand! I’m hardly an expert though… I’m very last-minute about all these things and only know about them once they start happening. Some people are real aurora experts and track them like storms. There are websites, apps, and all sorts of things. I gotta get my act together so I can plan for these events better.

I was having so much fun with the landscape orientation… but then I decided to go vertical for a few shots, and I am glad I did!

When I show people these photos without any explanation, they never ever ask me what that yellow-green light is in the lower part. I don’t know if they just assume it is the aurora, or maybe they think it is light from a city, or maybe they think I added it in post. I just don’t know… but I do like to see people’s reactions, especially when they are confused. I don’t know why I enjoy confusing people with these sorts of photos, but it is just kinda fun. I think it is fun because I am also confused by how this kind of light can even be possible!

The Night of the Aurora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-07-15 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

  • Aman Anuraj

    No Variety Hour tonight, Trey?

  • Very cool. I didn’t even know that NZ had aurora light going on.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Gino,we sometimes get it down in Albany South of Perth West Australia.

  • Edward Lang

    The color of the Light is dependent on the altitude the electrons are colliding with the atoms of oxygen & Nitrogen
    Green comes from the interaction with Oxygen atoms up to 150 Miles altitude. If Red, with Oxygen above 150 Miles, if Blue, Nitrogen up to 60 Miles & if Purple Nitrogen above 60 Miles.

  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful Trey – hope you get to see these again!! Good luck on the photowalk! 🙂

  • Dee

    Trey, so want to be a part of the photowalk. Just saw this and may not be able to get off work :(. That’s a great opportunity lost with someone who was my inspiration for blogging. It is exactly 2 months since my blog went live. And I am starting to experiment a lot more with HDR.

  • Casper van Zyl

    some nice photos Dee.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Thanks for the layers tutorial,that is one thing i have always been afraid to try as i do not really know how.

  • jenny

    I saw the Northern Lights in Noway a couple of years ago and would love to see the Southern equivalent. I think I am right in saying that they are essentially the same intensity etc in both parts of the world.

  • Sharing my blog post about this night again!
    For those who haven’t seen it, I talk a little more about the journey and share a few results I got alongside Trey and Stefan from TappedNZ Photography… Enjoy!

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