|Hi Evelynn. Many viewers seem to find the bright city lights distracting. Normally I am too annoyed by these details. In this case I didn´t find it too distracting since it shows the proximity to the town and how clearly you still see the aurora. Nevertheless I will tone it down the next time. Later I will go down to the book store next door and see how it looks printed, as I haven´t yet seen how it appears in the outdoor magazine that published it in April.
The long exposure is needed for the aurora to appear on the sensor (iso was btw set to 200), but it does not not appear brighter than in real life. In fact it is more the other way around, and it is difficult to capture the true brightness and wonder of the aurora as it moves to fast and thus is elusive to the sensor.
Oregon seems beautiful by the way. I have always loved beaches, the ocean, and exploring tidal pools. And the forests also seem quite special, maybe also because I have been living too long in a country with trees that seldom reaches more than knee-high...
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