Starry night over cornfields and silos

Starry night over cornfields and silos

This is a nightscape photo I took back in 2016. It is one of favourites but for some reason it never made it on to my website. A starry night over cornfields and silos.

This particular night there was Aurora alerts up for southern Ontario. I thought I’d head out and see if I could capture it. There is a faint hint of the Aurora in the photo. It didn’t end being all that strong that night.

Taken with a stock Canon 350XT (Rebel) DSLR and Sigma 17mm-70mm zoom lens.

Location: between Petersburg and Baden, Ontario.

March 17th 2015 Aurora

March 17 2015 Northern Lights. Shawn Nielsen

It was a great night for Aurora (Northern Lights) sky watchers here in southern Ontario. The CME launched from the Sun towards Earth 3 days previous set off a nice display of dancing colours in the night sky.

I was lucky enough that it was clear this night and I set off to photograph the show. These are some of the photos I was able to get. Taken with my trusty Canon 350XT (Rebel) 8mp DSLR and a timer remote. Fixed tripod. I used RAW, ISO 1600 and exposures of 15-20sec through a Sigma 17-70mm zoom lens set to F3.5/17mm. Processing was done in Photoshop.

One of the photos below is a panorama made from stitching 3 photos together to show the full aurora stretching across the sky.

Northern Lights Dance in the Night Sky

October 8th 2013 Northern Lights, Ontario, Canada

Always an amazing sight to see – the Northern Lights October 8th 2013 (Aurora Borealis) painted the evening night skies of Ontario green, red and purple.

Visible Dark Astrophotography

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Curtains of shimmering light along with intense pillars of colour could be seen shooting up into the night sky. Eyewitness reports being posted on social media sites  show it was visible throughout Ontario, Quebec, down into the USA and other locations.

I was lucky enough to spot the event shortly as dark set in and the stars came out. Quickly grabbing my camera, myself and two other astrophotographers started snapping photos of the event. It intensified around 8-9pm EDT with an incredible show that filled the night sky from the west horizon, through the north and over to the eastern horizon near where the Pleiades were rising. These photos were taken from our vantage point near Listowel, Ontario.

One of the stunning parts of this Northern Lights display was that it lasted for hours and hours, visible pretty much throughout the entire night – although it had diminished in its intensity by the early morning hours (Oct 9th).

Below: A Panorama image of the aurora consisting of three panes stitched together. The aurora spans from NW to NE horizons.

Panorama photo of the entire Northern Lights as seen October 8th, 2013.

Northern Lights June 3rd and 4th, 2013

Northern Lights June 4, 2013, Ontario, Canada

The evening of June 3rd and into the morning of June 4th, the night sky was clear over most of southern Ontario. For those night owls out there, the Northern Lights (Aurora) made an appearance in the night sky. While it wasn’t the most spectacular I have seen, it’s always a treat to see an Aurora.

Northern Lights June 4, 2013, Ontario, Canada

Myself and a couple other Astrophotographers had headed out to our dark site near Listowel, Ontario to do some imaging. It was just shortly after midnight when I noticed the sky in the north had a faint but noticeable brightness to it and it’s usually much darker.

Past experience with Aurora’s popping up had me recognize what was occurring almost instantly. I grabbed my other Canon DSLR and took a quick 10-second shot of the sky – sure enough, the unmistakable green shimmer of the Northern Lights was showing up in the photo!

Quick to grab my tripod and timer remote, I setup fast and began snapping photos. 30 second exposures worked well for the 20mm lens at F3.5. The Aurora was changing fast as it always does, dimming then brightening and you could watch as it moved in the night sky.

I made my way up a nearby hill to get a better view and snap some more photos. It didn’t last long but I was lucky enough to see it and photograph it. This is why I love the night sky and appreciate clear dark skies – there’s always something amazing to see!

Have you seen the northern lights? Let me know – leave your comment below…