Northern lights
by: © Debbie O
8.1
Overall
Rating
7
General
impression
10
Subject
of photo
6
Composition
& Perspective
9
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
9
Depth
of field
7
Color &
Lighting
9
Focus
General
impression
This is a great effort that suffers from the lights of the city and the tilted horizon.
7/10
Subject
of photo
You show me a picture of the Northern Lights and given some sort of calamity, I'm going to love the subject. I also love the clouds being lit up by the Aurora Borealis.
10/10
Composition
& perspective
This image suffers a bit because of the composition. The image looks tilted from left to right and the partial inclusion of some buildings in awkward.
6/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
Great job.
9/10
Depth
of field
This looks well done.
9/10
Color &
Lighting
Excellent colours in the Northern Lights. The city lights though are a bit distracting. The way the human eye works is that our eyes are automatically attracted to the brightest part of an image. In this type of image, we usually want our viewer's eyes to wander around the Northern Lights, perhaps rooted to some sort of foreground object. In this image, our eyes are distracted by the band of city lights at the bottom of the image.
7/10
Focus
Focus appears to be well done.
9/10
Description
Love taking pics of northern lights, it is a challenge, and when you are out in -35 or -40 all by yourself, only the sound of a dog or wolf in the far away.
Technical Details

Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
F-stop: F1.8
ISO: 400
Flash: None
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Paul Burwell
20+ Years
Canada
Nature
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How to improve your photo
1.
Assuming I'm right about the tilted horizon in the image, get yourself a dual-axis bubble level (http://www.jobu-design.com/catalog/item/2592421/2043325.htm and use the code "BURWELL" to get a discount) and use it to make sure your camera is level.
2.
Watch for the brightest objects that you are including in your image and plan the image to take advantage of these areas to lead your viewer's eyes through the image.
3.
I don't know the situation, but getting away from the city into the surrounding country-side may be a consideration when attempting to isolate the Norther Lights without including too much of the glow from the city.
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