- 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.
Behind the mountains
This picture was taken around 3.30 on a Summer morning. This was a private tour through the Southern Highlands of Iceland. The area for our adventure is known as the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and is a huge wilderness between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers and the Landmannalaugar hiking zone. In fact the whole area is a hiking zone and includes the world famous Laugarvegur trail which is a demanding trek through volcanic and glacier landscapes for 53km.
One of the keys to success when you are photographing the Northern Lights is the surrounding landscape or ‘Earthly’ features such as lighthouses or abandoned farm buildings. There is a little bit of luck involved, because the Northern lights have to be active in the right part of the sky.