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    Default Strange Lights in the Sky

    Last night, just before midnight, I headed upstaris to bed. I was just down to the Stanfield's when I looked out the bedroom window and saw this.



    I got all excited as we scampered around the house to get the camera, tripod, and other stuff set up before the lights went away. These were shot through our very dirty bedroom windows.



    When we were shooting this last PM we all thought is was the Aurora. When I went to PP them this AM it was obvious it is not. These are city lights being bent in a thermal layer just off the ground. If you look above at the water vapour trail you can see it is almost flat rather than rising in the air. This is from a local hospital almost 3km away. An inversion has it trapped.



    It was about -22 C (-32C with the wind chill) when I took this shot and that would explain the inversion that helped create these conditions.

    Forgive me if I didn't run outside for the shot !!! I would not have seen it real well from the ground, so you know that is the real reason why I shot from the comfort of my bedroom windw

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    I have never seen anything like it Garry, it must have been a very special experience. It's nice to have a good camera then so you can registrate what you have seen and share it with other people. It looks well captured. Thanks for sharing!
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    WOW, very unusual (to me) indeed. Well captured, Garry. Thanks for sharing.
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    I've never seen an effect like that before Garry. In the UK we get a dull yellowish glow from city lights on low clouds - much less spectacular than your example.

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    Very spectacular and well captured!

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    Those are just incredible, Garry, especially the first one. I had never heard of such a phenomenon. It must have been quite something to see those colors "in person." I'm glad you shared them with us.

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    You should find your local news/weather channel and send those in. Your explanation sounds very plausible, but it sounds like a lot of other people might be wondering what they saw.

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    Really cool! Love how blue the color is.
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    Default Re: Strange Lights in the Sky

    WOW, I bet that was an experience! Nice job capturing the lights.

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    Great photos!

    I have to ask... what does "I was just down to the Stanfield's" mean? I guess there's a cultural reference here!

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    Oh sure, Garry gets the cool light show on his side of town! hahaha..

    Just shows what nature can do. Garry and I live in the same city but I never saw a show like that over here!

    Very cool shots Garry.

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    Very cool!! We surely never seen anything like THAT in TN!

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    Jeremy:

    Once upon a time in Canada we had a prime minister named Bob Stanfield. His family was famous for their brand of underwear, most notably what we call "drawers", the long ones with the flap on the butt. It is now a generic term for what you folks in the UK call "pants" and the Americans call BVD's. It is a polite way to say one was down to their skivvies.

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    Default Re: Strange Lights in the Sky

    Thanks everyone. This was really different, never seen this kind of phenomena before. Also, I did way more that I usually do.

    Used a tripod (I had to find it first !!), used 2 sec mirror lock up, shot most at ISO200, 6 sec at f4, and used dark frame subtraction (NR). Shot RAW and into Studio then to TIFF and on to Neat Image for a touch up and then into PSE for the final work. A little different from my usual .JPG from the camera and then 15 seconds in PSE.

    Again, thanks to all for your kind words.

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