Aurora Photos from Fairbanks, Alaska

I shot this using a little point-and-shoot (Canon SX200IS).  It is not the best low light performer, but the CHDK firmware allowed me to open the shutter indefinitely and shoot in raw (http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK).  The preloaded firmware does not allow this.  Also, to ensure my finger did not jostle the camera when I pushed the shutter, I set the shutter timer for three seconds.  The camera was sitting on a tiny tripod (http://joby.com/gorillapod/micro250).  Shooting in raw made all the difference – the jpgs look really underexposed but the raw images retained all of the low light data.  I was able to get some decent images by simply increasing the exposure value in post-processing.

Not the best images of the aurora – it was really windy too – but I think it’s cool that an old point-and-shoot could make decent images.

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February 28, 2015 Aurora on a cold and windy night
February 28, 2015 Aurora on a cold and windy night

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