The Earth's magnetic field switched to a negative Bz component which, when combined with a moderate solar wind, can yield higher Kp values needed for aurora visibility in the PNW. Luckily, the timing, combined with moderately clear skies and a Kp index of 6 did yield some moderate auroral activity.
Rather than my usual spot in Mukilteo, I set up in the Snohomish river valley not far from Harvey Field. i was hoping to have a better foreground object, like a rustic barn, but they were all too close to the road to use.
When I go after Aurora Borealis, I tend to have a mindset of capture awesome still shots rather than focusing on a time lapse. Perhaps if I lived where the northern lights were more frequent could I devote one outburst to one and another to time lapse, but I tend to focus on the moment for a few powerful photos. However, when I do shoot, I tend to shoot a lot of photos, usually in sequence with an intervalometer remote so I don't miss a shot. So at the end of the night, I sometimes end up with enough sequential photos to make a time lapse, however, they tend to jump around as I reposition the camera for the perfect still shot!
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