Aberdeenshire Professional Photographer,  Royal Deeside, with Photo Library of Aberdeenshire & Scotland, Scottish Aurora Borealis displays and photographs of Ancient Egyptian sites from Cairo to Abu Simbel


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Link to General Auroras photographed in 2003Link Provia slide photos at Crooktree 20Nov03Link Provia slide photos at Tomnaverie Stone Circle 20Nov03Link to Crooktree Provia film photos 29-30thOct03
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The thumbnail images in the galleries can be enlarged by one left click on them.
These galleries contain photographs of Aurora displays taken over North East Scotland and illustrate the wide variety of shapes, colours and forms that this night time event periodically offers. They are part of one of the largest collections of Scottish Aurora recorded in the United Kingdom.
My photographs of the Aurora are available for reproduction sale on Crooktree.com and Alamy, key in my name and Aurora to see further examples of this beautiful night sky event.
Most of my best photography is now being placed on Crooktree.com at the expense of this Website and by keying in my name with other themes e.g. sunsets, Scotland, Aberdeenshire, snow, Egypt, etc. you will find over 3000 other examples of my work as of August 2010; this collection will expand over future months.  A detailed write up about my experiences photographing the Aurora is on Crooktree.com on the Links page.
Some of my  photographs are also for purchase on  Collections. Prints or Canvases of several Aurora images can be obtained from Galleryprintsuk.net
For Aurora watchers please note that even to 2010  the current activity in the UK is low as we are in the so-called Solar Minimum when the sunspot activity has been particularly low but we did have a small visible display in April and again in August 2010 - so fingers crossed. Some Aurora displays can be caused by being in the solar wind or from random Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) and to get some idea  of when these might give us displays over the UK I suggest watching three useful sites: Spaceweather.com , AuroraWatch UK and Auroraspy.co.uk
For those interested in photographing Aurora, I used a DSLR Fuji S3 which is set on manual with wide open aperture at an ISO of 1600. Set the manual setting so that the lens can be manually focussed to infinity (auto focusing will not work as too dark) and you can also do time exposures using a cable release and a tripod. I find exposure times of around 20 seconds with a wide angle lens with a maximum lens aperture of f2.8 about ideal but experiment as well with different settings. I have found the automatic exposure tends to underexpose and that noise is a problem. On a manual film based system, use 400asa film, push develop the film 2 stops and use the same lens aperture/exposure times as a bench mark. No filters needed. Colours will be saturated compared to your human eye perceptions of the actual aurora.
With many modern digital cameras and the latest DSLR cameras, ISO speeds of in excess of 1600ISO are available so exposure times, using the above camera paramaters, can be reduced considerably. Recently I took some displays with an ISO3200 and exposed for 5-7 secs. with excellent results.
Location could be anywhere in the UK. Of course the further north the better but they are seen regularly in many parts of England, especially the large corona displays. Northern night sky, free of clouds, after full darkness and away from close high hill lines and light pollution are the best viewing scenario. In the autumn The Plough is a good reference point and in the spring Cassiopeia. They are not temperature dependant but of course frosty nights are usually clear so watch for batteries getting flat more quickly.
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and cannot be used for commercial use without prior agreement .
I am delighted if they are used for limited personal use.



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