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Chasing the Aurora at the Giant’s Causeway with the Fuji X-E1

Location:
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Favourite photo from the evening visit to the Giant’s Causeway last Thursday.
(The image is better seen in a larger format so please click on the image)

 

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF14mm F2.8R | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head

Technical Data:
This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f2.8 and a shutter speed of 26s.
Software:

Adobe Lightroom

Background Information:

A night of chasing the Aurora.

Last week promised so much. But delivered so little.

The media had been brimming with news of the Sun’s activity which raised the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over most of the UK.

Thursday night was to be the night when the Sun’s particles would arrive creating the awesome light display.

A few of us headed to the Giant’s Causeway. Surprisingly there weren’t too many people there and later we realised most people had gone to Ballintoy or Dunluce.

This was my first time to attempt any landscape photography at night and I was excited about what I would capture. I quickly realised that shooting at night is a different ball game to shooting during the day, I was trying to figure out what to focus on as it was so dark and in future will bring a torch to help with that. Improvising I decided to focus on a star but the one downfall of the Fuji X-E1  is that I don’t believe it’s EVF is good enough for that in pitch black.  Fortunately, I had the amazing Fuji 14mm F2.8R lens in my bag so I attached it and set the focus to infinity at f2.8 and that certainly overcame my problem of where to focus.

The elusive aurora did not arrive but I spent a beautiful evening capturing the causeway by moonlight. I have very little knowledge about the sky and the constellations, having said that, it was easy to spot Orion’s belt & The Plough. Here are a few more shots from the night, possibly like you have never seen the Giant’s Causeway before:

(The images are far better seen in a larger format so please click on the images to see them)

 

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3 Comments

  1. These are so beautiful. Id love to see it in person.

  2. Ben

    Hi Martin,

    I am planning to visit the Giants Causeway soon and am researching photographic opportunities. I have never been before, and I want to shoot some night time scenes around the areas and of the giants causeway. Your article is the first I came across about night time photography here and would like to enquire about access at night time? I believe there’s a visitor centre but does this restrict access at night ?
    Thanks – Ben

    • Hi Ben
      There is free access to the Giant’s Causeway at all times.

      You simply walk beside the Vistor Center thru a small tunnel and down the road to the sea.

      It’s well worth the visit.
      Thanks
      Martin

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