Tonight started as a crisp clear night, the moon was at 76%. I really enjoy using the added light the moon has to offer. It helps with illuminating the foreground and makes navigating around in the dark a whole lot easier. While it does deminish the contrast with the dark sky and the aurora, it definitely adds a different effect to the imagery.
So lets start off here. The activity was pretty low on the horizon but present and increasing in amplitude. This is a classic example of a local sub storm, or energy spike. The aurora is tight an defined then as the energy starts to disapate the aurora starts to spread out and defuse in the sky.
I found this cool old house and even though the the aurora was not very active I just had to stop and spend some time here.
I could see some cloud cover coming so I started for home, then this nice defined arc showed up so I stopped and set up again. Clouds add a unique element the the imagery. It’s not a bad thing when they show up.
And remember too always look behind you! While I was imaging the above sequence, this is what was going on behind me…
The clouds finished off my visibility, so I steered towards home.