2020 Northern Lights Calendar – July Photo

July photo in the calendar.

The July image was photographed this year on August 31, 2019 at 10:28PM over Lake Michigamme. Same family trip as the May image, just the next night and a more active, better aurora display! And this time instead of just watching with me, my daughter photographed the aurora as well. It was our last night of the camping trip so always nice to finish up with an Aurora display.

This image was shot from the boat launch at Van Riper State Park again same as the January photo. Being Labor Day weekend the park campgrounds were jam packed! Not ideal, but we only needed a place to stay for the night so it was fine. When it got dark enough to see the lights my daughter and I was already heading to the spot. As it was so crowded there were several people at the boat launch this time all waning to see the aurora. We were still able to find a nice spot on the water’s edge with no one in the shot.

My daughter didn’t have her tripod so I let her use mine. A tripod is a must when photographing the aurora because of the slow/long shutter speeds used . Worked out well though. I made a small platform with rocks just on the edge of the water for my camera to sit on. This gave me a very low angle of the lake which I liked with the water and other rocks in the foreground, again, layering the photo. The camera was almost in the water, but didn’t get wet thankfully.

This is one of my daughters photos.

Traffic was still driving along highway 41 across the lake fairly regularly so we had to work to time our shots when no traffic was going by. Although it was kind of a cool lighting effect as you can see in the photo below.

I was quite pleased with the image I made. I think my daughter enjoyed hers as well. We didn’t stay out too long but I did go back for more photos early the next morning. Read about that in the next post.

Exposure data: ISO 3200, 15 seconds at f/2.8, Nikon D750, Nikon 17-35mm lens at 17mm. My focus point on this lens is over the right side of the infinity symbol ∞ < on the lens at 17mm. Its closer to the center of the symbol if I shoot at 35mm.

If you want to see the scientific data on that day go to this link – HERE

Kp number was about 4 when this image was shot..

The Kp Index numbers are not the only info to look at on aurora forecast, however it’s a good place to start. You can find more info on Kp numbers here. KP Info Here.

Here is a link to the Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

What are the northern lights?

People ask is this what lights look like with the naked eye? The short answer is no. It has to do with how human eyes see at night, basically in black and white and not very well. More info here.

Have you seen the northern lights?

Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for sharing!

Bryan