Author Topic: Oshyan is gone for a week  (Read 5424 times)

Offline Oshyan

  • Planetside Staff
  • *
  • Posts: 8837
  • Holy snagging ducks!
Oshyan is gone for a week
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:52:41 AM »
Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you all know I'll be gone for a little over a week. Heading up to Alaska to hopefully enjoy the aurora! So wish me luck on the "space weather". ;)

While I'm gone Jo and Matt will still be available to help in forum threads, deal with registrations, etc.

- Oshyan

Offline reck

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 864
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 01:04:25 PM »
Have fun.

Offline elipsis1

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 229
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 08:55:27 PM »
Have a great trip! I wish I could see the northern lights, heck, I'd just like to see the milky way again... the noise pollution in the USA is horrible where I live.

Offline rcallicotte

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9520
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 12:52:51 AM »
Brilliant.  Enjoy it.
So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?

Offline Blackheart6004

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 122
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 04:15:46 AM »
Have a good time there.

Also, bring pictures!!

Offline ajcgi

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 148
    • My little blogsite
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 02:46:31 PM »
Ah so jealous! I second the aurora photos demand! :>

Offline jamfull

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 113
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012, 06:52:40 PM »
Nice. Have a great trip.

James

Offline Oshyan

  • Planetside Staff
  • *
  • Posts: 8837
  • Holy snagging ducks!
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 02:10:26 AM »
Aaand I'm back! Awesome trip. I can highly recommend Alaska in late winter/early spring. Here are a few pics (3 aurora, 1 ice sculpture)...

- Oshyan

Offline Kadri

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 4780
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 10:18:28 PM »

Nice photos Oshyan.
I didn't thought about this before but it looks like taking pictures of auroras is not so easy ?

Offline jamfull

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 113
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 10:23:37 PM »
Nice shots.

James

Offline lat 64

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 69
  • Just dozing off
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2012, 05:50:08 PM »
What the Heck!
You were in Fairbanks!? I could have bought you a beer. OF course it would have cost you a few hours of nube questions ;).
Nice photos. Did you get up on one of the hills north of town? The mind is reeling with ideas for animating the northern lights.  

It's snowing now—no aurora viewing. Many people come to town and miss the aurora because of bad weather. You were very lucky.

Now, about the web site. Where'd it go? ;D (I found it)

Cheers,
Russ
« Last Edit: April 01, 2012, 12:18:04 AM by lat 64 »
I'm a half century plus five years old. Yikes!

Offline Oshyan

  • Planetside Staff
  • *
  • Posts: 8837
  • Holy snagging ducks!
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2012, 03:59:08 AM »
Aurora are somewhat difficult to get good pictures of. Basically you need a camera with very good low light capability and/or a "fast" (wide aperture) lens. They're also big, that you need a wide *angle* lens ideally as well. I had an f3.5 10mm (15mm on crop sensor) that I used for most of those shots and it worked quite well. Would have been nicer to have f2.8 or even f2, but that kind of lens (if it even exists at that wide an angle) would cost a lot more than my 10-20mm. Having a camera with very low noise high ISO capability also helps a lot. Mine is decent but not exceptional. Someone with a Nikon D700 or D4 would probably be able to capture some really stunning stuff.

Russ, sorry I missed you! Had no idea we had a TG-er in Fairbanks, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. We did really luck out on seeing the aurora while we were there, mostly from Ester Dome (so yeah, I think you nailed the viewing location).

Anyway, I will be back, Alaska definitely won me over. I want to return for more aurora viewing of course, but also would like to check it out in summer when everything is green, and ride the train from Anchorage to Fairbanks (through Denali I think). That sounds amazing. Also glaciers!

- Oshyan

Offline lat 64

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 69
  • Just dozing off
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2012, 06:45:57 PM »
Yes, Summer is great for Alaska and Fairbanks can get downright warm then.
Don't do the package tour thing. They never let you out of their sight and the food is bad. Contact me and I'll give you some ideas if you don't already have some.
Definately do Denali Park! One full day minimum, perhaps a month ;D

Now back to work

R.
I'm a half century plus five years old. Yikes!

Offline rcallicotte

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 9520
Re: Oshyan is gone for a week
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012, 11:11:26 PM »
Great photos!  Thank you.
So this is Disney World.  Can we live here?