2020 Northern Lights Calendar – November Photo

November image at Little Presque Isle.

The November image in my 2020 calendar was shot August 31, 2019 at 12:25 AM, the same night as the May photo out at Little Presque Isle, north of Marquette. As I mentioned in the May photo blog post I was on a family camping trip and I the texture of the clouds to the west that night.

So after photographing the aurora over the island I walked back down the path to photograph the lights through the tall pine trees. I made a few images as I worked my way back to the beach. Once down on the beach I could see the clouds and all the texture in the sky. Sure there would be lights on the shoreline from cabins but the sky was to good to pass up. Yes its quite dark up there but its still close enough to downtown Marquette causing light pollution reflecting off the clouds. However, this shows off the texture in those clouds.

Through the trees. Notice red light on trunks from a bonfire.
Vertical image through the trees.

You will also notice a bonfire along the shore and treeline that I included in the composition. I felt it added some interest and drama to the shot on a cold cool, early fall night. Note: Ground fires are actually not permitted at the Preque Isle area so I had my reservations abut including it in the shot. Not my fire, there was a lone person by it so I don’t know why they chose to have a fire.


Exposure data: ISO 2000, 20 seconds at f2.8 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, go to this link – Here

Kp number was about 4, according to the historical data.

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.

Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for sharing! -Bryan