I took these at Sherrard Point in Oregon! Make sure to bring a headlamp and bring a NW Forest Pass!
I used the Sputnik App on my iPad to determine the location of the Flare and then used my Canon 80D on Manual mode for a 20 second exposure with a Tokina 11-16mm focusing to infinity.
Iridium Flares are caused by the Iridium Satellites which circle the globe providing communication to the world. More information can be found at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/celestial-objects-to-watch/observing-iridium-flares/ The 100 satellites in the family that create unique flares because of how the satellites are built, the sun hits the solar panels reflect sunlight towards the ground which can be seen at night. There are numerous resources to track when the flares will be visible over an area. Photo taken at Stub Stewart State Park, in Buxton, Oregon.
For the photo below, I increased the lighting to allow for the contrails to be brought out.
Full solar eclipse tkane August 21st, 2017 at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville. Gear was Oregon Canon 80d with 70-300mm lens.
Definitely need to eclipse photography before the next eclipse opportunity but will learn for next time. The 2017 Solar eclipse was a great opportunity to see the eclipse even if it was for only 50 seconds or so. Will have to find better viewing in the future for eclipses.
These photos of the Aurora Borealis are amazing and extremely luck to see. Seeing them requires a strong solar flare and solar activity.
How are they seen? Where cam they be tracked?
This picture was taken using a Tokina lens, Canon 80d, and a tripod.