August 18th 2016
This was a late Summer tour of Snæfellsness. The location near Grundarfjordur is best known for the waterfall/mountain combination at Kirkjufellsfoss. But this particular spot is a short hike from the popular waterfall.
- 24 mm
- 5 sec
Medium weight Gitzo
6 stop B&W ND filter
Magic Cloth = Grey sleeve of my jacket (I was’t wearing it).
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This visit to Snæfellsnes was the final day of a week long photo tour of the North and West. We checked out the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall earlier in the day and there were 6 – 10 tourists walking through the scene at any one time. The conditions were clear and the angle of light was nice on the mountain, but I decided to avoid the squash at Kirkjufellsfoss and went for a little hike in the local area. The view of Kirkjufell became nicer the higher I climbed.
I found a small stream and was delighted that I was able to show how the stream flowed down small steps and into the landscape. To achieve this, I was on the lowest setting on my tripod and the feet were actually in the stream. I was balanced on dry rocks. I couldn’t avoid the rockery and plant life on the right, but I was careful to allow a view of the water around the mountain. This works well as a strong depth cue. The lakes in the landscape add a lot of distant depth and the rockery adds some closeness. I was careful to include space above the mountain to give room for the long cloud.
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As you see from the photo, conditions were bright. I really wanted to give the exposure as much light as possible because this would give the best colour results. I was getting 5 seconds exposure with +2 compensation, f/14 and iso320. I could have easily acheived a 10 second exposure by reducing the iso, but 5 seconds was perfect for a very simple Magic Cloth. The timing for a 5 second exposure is reaction based. As soon as I hear the shutter I Karate chop the whole scene then slowly expose the landscape.
This Northern lights photograph teaches me to be humble at this time in my life. It represents the place I am at in the universe, and maybe you too?
This is the best place you could possibly stand to photograph the Northern lights. Once you have captured floating glacier icebergs with an aurora reflecting in the still lake, it is difficult to top.
How to take stunning outdoor photography.
My Camera Gear
Canon 5D - full frame
These are heavy duty cameras. I have used the Canon 5D in all weathers. It has a powerful live-view and sensor.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 l
Canon's 24mm Prime L lens was all I used for many years. It is responsible for over 80% of the photos on icelandaurora Sharp from corner to corner.
Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod
Load Capacity: 26 lb Max Height: 60.8" Min Height: 8.7" Folded Height: 17.5"