Evening surprise

This was the first night of our October workshop last week. The weather forecast was for heavy rain in the evening and we had been treated to better-than-forecast weather on the South coast earlier that day. We had dinner at Hali Country Hotel and couldn’t believe it when we stepped outside expecting rain and found clear skies with active Northern Lights. We decided to head out to a local spot away from any hotel lights.

Night exposures

We set up our cameras at the edge of the pond, our starting exposure was 20 seconds at iso 800 and f/2.8, but for this shot, I boosted the iso to 1000. I used a magic cloth to cover the sky after about 15 seconds and gave the reflection the full 20 seconds. This was a very subtle effect, but I didn’t want the reflected lights to burn out. The reason for trying to expose the night sky for less than 20 seconds was to avoid star trails. To calculate an exposure to avoid star trails, we use the 600 rule (actually 500 is easier for mental arithmetic). Divide 600 by your focal length (how wide your lens is in mm). For example 600 / 24mm = 25. This mean that stars will noticeably trail if the exposure is over 25 seconds. If I was shooting with a 17mm focal length, the stars would noticeably trail in exposure over 35 seconds. This northern lights photograph was taken with my 24mm prime.

Photo tours

These are multi-day photo tours that use hotels very close to this mountain.

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
  • SiXPaXMaX
  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
  • 6 day Diamonds & Dragons

    This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
    Prices from $7,536USD

    Five day Beautiful South

    This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

    Custom Photo Tour

    If you want something that is not listed or you want see Iceland at your own pace on a bespoke tour, our Custom Photo Tours go to all parts of Iceland.

    Three day Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn & South Coast

    Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.

    FlyTour – Jökulsarlon

    Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.

    South Iceland Photo Tours

    Our guided, multi-day photo tours of South Iceland will give you incredible photo opportunities. The South coast is rich with, glacier ice, towering waterfalls and black sand beaches.
    Book online from $2,291 USD

    Seven day Full Circle

    Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
    Prices from $8,847 USD

    Northern Lights Photos

    Here are some more photos of the Aurora Borealis to help keep you inspired by Iceland.