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Stars over Mono Lake

I was photographing the brightest section of the Milky Way, which is not shown in this photo, when I suddenly turned around and took one photo of the lake in complete darkness. I then observed on the LCD display on the back of my camera a green light that was also reflected on the lake. I immediately thought to myself: “Northern Lights?? Here in California??” I don’t have a scientific answer to that but my impression is that yes, this green light is actually what is called Aurora Borealis, but at this latitude is not visible by the naked eye because it is extremely dark. The camera’s sensor however, is able to capture it when a high sensitivity setting is used. In this case: ISO 6400 for 30 seconds at f2.8

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