Taken by OLIVIER STAIGER on October 31, 2016 @ Bragdavellir Cottages, Djupivogur, Iceland
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D
Exposure Time: 8/1
Aperture: f/inf
ISO: 6400
Date Taken: 2016:11:01 01:20:35
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On Halloween 2016, the night of oct. 31-nov.1st, I was again guiding a weeklong aurora hunting trip, we were staying at Bragdavellir Cottages near Djupivogur in eastern Iceland... as planned we got clear skies and enjoyed seeing the northern lights once again. She was not very intense, rather faint actually but all over the sky with great milky way, millions of stars, and especially after midnight going in pulsating mode . Pulsating aurora happen often after the big auroral event , they are usually not as bright and many people dont pay attention to them but they can be spectacular. Colour is mostly invisible or very faint but camera can catch it. They can last all night long. It looks like some sort of high cirrus clouds at first glance ... but you see constant pulsation ... At one moment ( first photo ) it appeared like a giant ghostly phantom... Lady Aurora seemed to have dressed up for Halloween. BOOOHH !!! ;-)

OK technically this was not on halloween as exif data shows it was early morning of november 1st, after midnight of halloween night. Does that still count ? ;-)

IF you wonder what pulsating aurora looks like in realtime motion heres a realtime video I recently shot where the first 50 seconds are pulsating ( from oct. 8, 2018 )

and heres some more pulsating realtime videos I shot earlier :


to shoot realtime video of those faint events you need a camera that can use very high ISO and a very fast lens. I used a Sony a7s with Rokinon 24mm/1.4 lens.

For the photos I used a Canon EOS 6D , 6400 ISO, 8 seconds shutter speed, f/2.8 12mm Samyang lens.

too bad theres no major meteor shower on october 31st, that would be awesome as add-on.

what is the spookiest looking aurora YOU have seen on halloween ?

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