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TheRoadcoyote
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« on: December 18, 2012, 05:47:25 AM »
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Hello everybody!

I came here to find out how to shoot a timelapse correctly. What are your settings? Usually I try to shoot Landscape - Timelapses at about f11 - 3 secs exposure. I am flying to Iceland in february and want to capture some aurora-timelapses... Advice and comments are highly appreciated Grin

Would be very grateful for comments on my latest vid as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nnH-RaKxng

I am really trying to improve, so please - get cracking Smiley

Greetings!
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 08:33:59 AM »
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I haven't even seen an aurora yet, but here's someone who's an expert on this (and many other things): http://www.xdcam-user.com/2010/03/how-i-shoot-the-northern-lights/
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 08:37:58 AM »
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I've not had the opportunity to shoot aurora (yet) but have done some other night time stuff (stars).  Shutter speed is going to depend on aperture, obviously.  For night timelapses, you really can't close the shutter down like you do during the day.  A lot of it is going to be done wide open, or close to wide open.  You're shooting, generally for aurora, with wide angle lenses focused at infinity so depth of field isn't really a concern even shooting wide open.  You're going to be looking, more probably, at shutter speeds in the 10 to 30 second range, ISO settings in the 800 area and apertures from 1.4 to 2.8.  When I've done stars (aperture doesn't matter in this case) I've generally shot around 30 seconds at ISO 800.

If you haven't already found it, the forum at timescapes.org is a great resource.  The forum at lrtimelapse.com is also good.  The LRTimelapse plugin is good too.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 10:24:34 AM »
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I have done time-lapses of the Aurora and mostly the difficult part is obviously finding them! And then patience to get enough shots. I personally prefer to have them sharp, with good definition which means shutter speeds max 15seconds, the less the better, and then aperture and Iso to match. - Faster lenses 2.8, 1.4 etc are a tremendous help.

Here is a short one I did recently:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_qIUE-xtmo
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 08:34:39 AM »
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Hello everybody!

I came here to find out how to shoot a timelapse correctly. What are your settings? Usually I try to shoot Landscape - Timelapses at about f11 - 3 secs exposure. I am flying to Iceland in february and want to capture some aurora-timelapses... Advice and comments are highly appreciated Grin

Would be very grateful for comments on my latest vid as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nnH-RaKxng

I am really trying to improve, so please - get cracking Smiley

Greetings!

Make sure you are somewhere other than Reykjavik for the Aurora, too much light pollution.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 08:55:09 PM »
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Hello again!

Thanks to everyone for your comments and suggestions! With some of your posts in mind, I saw some week but still beautiful Auroras in Iceland! Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9wzG3HILM8

the Aurora-shots start at about 1:26

Thanks again for your help! Many greetings Smiley
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