Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Photographing the Aurora as it continually changes - Part 1, part of Shooting a Photo Essay: Documenting an Event.
- So I've never shot the Aurora before, so this is exciting.…I kind of rushed out here.…I didn't quite anticipate how far the location was…from my hotel, but there's still a little bit…of the Aurora here.…You may not be able to see it on video,…but I quickly set up my camera.…I didn't have a tripod, because I wasn't actually coming…out here to do this kind of work.…So I improvised by using a light stand that I had access to,…and this, what we call a magic arm or articulating arm,…threw my camera up there.…But before I even did that, I decided I didn't want…to miss it at all, so I set my camera…to a really long exposure of, like, seven seconds…and just try to hand hold it.…
I knew that wasn't going to turn out right,…but what it did do, is that it gave me an idea…of what my exposure's going to to be like.…So from there, I was able to generate an exposure…that I knew would work, I threw it up here…on this make-shift tripod, and then got my composition.…Once I had a composition I knew I could work with,…even though the actual photograph was completely…
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