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The Northern Lights At Whitby North Yorkshire, February 27th 2014
I was sat contemplating a couple of pints down The Board Inn with the lads when I got a message on Facebook from my Freind Ken Oliver who lives down in Hull.
Ken Told me he was seeing the Northern Lights down in Hull and said that given the amount of light polution down there it was highly likely I would get a much better display of the lights up here in Whitby.
I quickly packed my camera and tripod and headed off in the car. Knowing I had to find somewhere with no light pollution I opted for Sandsend Cliffs.
As I drove up the west cliff I could see a white fog out to The North. It was clearly the Northern lights but the light polution of Whitby was making them show white only, no colour was visible.
Arriving at Sandsend I was like a kid at Christmas. It’s 12 years since I saw the Northern Lights last at Whitby, but I knew I was about to see them again.
Unfortunately I had forgot my headlight, so i had to find my way along Sandsend cliffs in the dark. I have always said I can walk most areas of the coast blindfolded given the amount of time I have spent walking there over the years. Well here was my chance to test that theory.
Up the steps out of Sandsend Car park and a 20 minute walk to near Sandsend Tunnel where I knew the light polution of Whitby would be behind me and out of sight.
I got to an area anglers know as top of the world. The Northern lights were visible so i set up the camera on the cliff edge and started taking some pics.
Unsure of exposure lengths I opted for 4 minutes at iso 200 and iso 400. The setting seemed about perfect. Below are the best of the images I got. They are a little noisey but Im quite pleased to have captured the northern lights here at Whitby.
I hope you enjoy looking at these few pictures as much as I did taking them. So thanks for looking, and all the best – Glenn
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