Northern lights aurora

Northern lights aurora

St Patrick’s Day

This was a blazing aurora evening with Peter Gordon and a group of Irishmen on the 17th March. The cloudy sky cleared just in time which meant we could choose a great location, and where better than the light (and car park) free-zone of Fjallsarlon. It was tricky following the steep path down to the lagoon, but on the shores we had the space to be able to explore foregrounds without getting in each other’s way too much. The group was ecstatic to see auroras buzzing around over head for the whole session. The Northern lights out performed their name and left nobody disappointed.

Technical:

  • Canon 5D3
  • EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • iso1600
  • f/2.8
  • 20 sec

Glacier Peaks

The mountain peak is sticking out of the Vatnjokull glacier. The glacier scrapes the mountain sides as it comes and goes and makes it a little bit sharper every thousand years or so.

Rock vs Moon

Rock vs Moon

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.

Make a wish

Make a wish

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.

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