Very nice image Sonic, I like the cruise ships as well ! Can you add the technical details to your image - I am interested in the white balance as well as the exposure & camera details.
There was an extensive display from Carshalton just South of London. I could neo see the boundary due to buildings and trees but from NW to East at least. It also was almost overhead, images taken with my camera 'vertical' show a clear boundary at the Zenith. I am thinking this is where the Sun stopped illuminating the clouds. I need to sort my images and post something later.
Thanks John, yes the cruise ships in Torbay, 6 ships in all at the moment; all dressed up and nowhere to go.
This is a 4 picture panorama. Nikon D3200 with kit lens at its widest; 18mm, on a gorillapod mini tripod. Manually focused on the lights of Torbay, F6.3 for a safer focus. Each of the 4 pics was a 2 second exposure at ISO400. Shooting raw NEF's as always, loaded into Adobe Lightroom, did the 'photo merge' panorama in there, which is not ideal and to get better results I'd probably do the panorama merge in Microsoft ICE or Adobe Photoshop instead, but anyway ... then did all my usual RAW tools stuff, set to Adobe Vivid (kinda like the film type), played with contrast and other settings to make the best of it. I left the white balance "As Shot", the colour really comes good when using the "Split Toning" which allows you to control the highlights and shadows properly, this is where I do the colour correction; as natural and realistic as possible, the colour this morning was 'peachy'! Very beautiful.
I didn't put a lot of effort into the photos last night. If the NLC show up again I'll try ISO100, to see how sharp and clear I can get it. But panoramas are highly recommended as it greatly increases the size of your pic, and thus you have a lot more pixels to bin, and in reduction you get much better results than a single shot. And also to get a nice wide field of view and fit it all in. I have a Tokina 11mm wide-angle lens as well, but generally use the kit lens panoramas for NLC.
Bit of a coincidence, NLC 22nd June - the last time I got a pic of NLC was 22nd June last year!