Red Sprites, Lightning, Zodiacal Lights, Milky Way And Orange Airglow On La Palma
Taken by Adrien Mauduit on November 21, 2017 @ La Palma, Canarias, Spain
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D
Exposure Time: 15/1
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: 6400
Date Taken: 2017:11:22 10:16:47
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In the night of November 21st-22nd (last night), I was out shooting a time-lapse of the milky way On La Palma in the Canary Islands when some clouds rolled in along with thunderstorm that developed on the Atlantic ocean (west). At first nothing major, but as I played back my time-lapse on the LCD screen of my Canon 6D camera, what a surprise I had when I saw the red dots on the very right-hand side of the frame. Red dots, because I was shooting with a 14mm lens. As I zoomed in to only confirm my suspicions, I could not contain my excitement: I had caught my very first red sprites. Not only that, but with a very cool combination of events: Fall milky way and zodiacal lights (as I shot around 20:00, a bit more than an hour after LT sunset), orange airglow (barely visible here on the horizon but more visible earlier in the time-lapse, and of course lightning and sprites. I had been waiting years to capture this elusive phenomenon, and tried countless times in vain. What a surprise and a memory of a lifetime!

Canon 6D Baader modded + Sigma 14mm f/1.4 Art, @ ISO 6400, f/2, 15, single shot, no tracking.
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An amazing photo, just cant work out where the horizontal is?
Posted by markbuxton 2017-11-23 06:40:22
@markbuxton: same here, the cloud deck does not match the horizon of the trees & landscape...
Posted by dougr855 2017-11-23 13:28:37
@dougr885 keep it real! :)
Posted by markbuxton 2017-11-23 13:51:28
@markbuxton @dougr855 The horizontal line of the atlantic ocean is blurred by sea mist, on top of that, the village behind the hill casts light pollution, making it impossible to distinguish the line. If you look to the very right hand side, the horizon is located under the stratocumulus cloud layer right under the lightning flash. :)
Posted by ADphoto2410 2017-11-24 05:19:14
Im still confused as to why the trees seem to be growing at a 90 angle to the ground which makes them all at some odd 20 angle to the horizontal - not to mention the utility pole at the lower left. On a steep hillside , which this should be if the clouds are horizontal, the trees would be at an angle to the ground surface. I still cant make all the image elements work in my mind to make an image in the real world. And I use a 21mm wide angle at times. Anyway, nice sky image..
Posted by dougr855 2018-05-25 13:51:40
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