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                   Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:07PM CDT

10/8 aurora borealis over Illinois; October 31 storms

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Some weak auroras were visible from here tonight. I know this railroad crossing location is probably getting old and stale, but I have yet to capture what I feel is a satisfying shot here, so I just keep trying.

This is a busy mainline, and there are always at least 2 trains passing while I'm set up here. They blow out the shot at the high ISO/open apertures I use shooting auroras though. I need to remember to just stop down when a train passes so I'll have a properly exposed stackable frame. Here, I just severely darkened the train exposures and tried stacking them in:

October 1: Auroras

This is actually the second time we've had auroras here this month. On October 1, I went out for a few shots in the same location:

October 31: severe storms

Another fall tornado risk in the lower Midwest this day. I decided, as usual, to cover the portion of the risk area closer to home - though the environment looked rather meager due to ongoing clouds and precip. I drove down to Pinckneyville to stay ahead of a line of cells that had managed to develop in the zone of weak instability southeast of St. Louis, but I saw nothing of note. I did see a few nice storm/fall colors scenes:

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