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Dragon fire

Dragon fire

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Lens: EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • Settings: ƒ/2.8 24.0 mm 15sec iso1600

Taken on March 16, 2016

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

This burning night sky is over Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in South East Iceland. We spent 1 evening photographing these Northern Lights on a 3 day tour along the South Coast. The first evening was too cloudy, although we got some fantastic light on Jokulsarlon during the day. The following evening we checked the forecast at our hotel and it looked promising. We always stay ready to go out and shoot on these photo tours if the aurora forecast is promising. Sometimes, we don’t need to look at the Northern lights forecast because the atmosphere in the restaurant is electric with hopeful photographers. There is not much else that can generate such immediate passion as the possibility of a heavenly light show.

Magic Cloth Technique

The 15 second exposure time is quite short for a Northern Lights photo. The sky was so bright that I brought the Magic Cloth down after just 4-5 seconds. The extra 8 or so seconds on the glacier lagoon was perfectly sufficient because there was a 2 thirds full moon behind us. We were fortunate to have such a bright aurora, but as you can see it had to be tame with the Magic Cloth Technique.

Tours from Reykjavik

If you can’t join us on one of these photo adventures, you can increase your chances of photographing the aurora on our Northern Lights photo tours from Reykjavik.

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