Sometimes you are just driving to a location and that wonderful scene appears before your eyes. This was on of those occasions. Another bit of luck involved with this Aurora HDR before and after image was that I had my long zoom with me. Normally when out and about, I only carry my wide angle zoom ( 17 to 40 ). In this case my wife and I were driving from the airport to the Muai Hyatt Regency and I had the longer zoom lens.
This image was made with Canon 5D Mark 2 and a Canon 70-200 zoom at 125 mm. The ISO was 200, the shutter speed was 1/250 at f/7.1.