Aurora Mountain

Aurora Mountain

This mountain looks incredibly significant as it is framed by the Northern lights on this cold Winter night. The location is in Suðursveit county, South East Iceland and has no name other than ‘Fell’, which means ‘Hill’. The flat landscape below Fell has been shaped by a huge glacier and this was the same glacier than roughened the edges of the mountain. The landscape is rich with rivers and small ponds and could even be described as marshland. It is certainly not for building hotels on. Behind the mountain and out of sight is the mighty Vatnajökull glacier and the Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon.

Aurora reflections

This spot can be very good for Northern lights because there is a possibility of capturing a reflection of the Aurora in the landscape. After we have arrived in the dark and set up our cameras for some night exposures, it is a little more than luck that the Aurora Borealis will dance in the right part of the sky.  Ideally we want it to be strongest behind the mountain, due North, because it means that the reflection will contain the Northern Lights as well as the mountain.  This night photo was a 26 second exposure, but the sky would have been covered after just 10 seconds with my Magic Cloth. The landscape with its reflections were given the full 26 seconds.  This helped to balance the exposure and is the best filter for Night photography when the landscape is important.

 

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Ides of March

March is better for active northern lights than it was for Caesar. It is just a month before the aurora stops being visible in Iceland. March often has Winter conditions, but you can see from the photo, that the ground snow has melted. It is unusual to be missing snow on the landscape which can often stay well into April.  For me, the lack of snow or ice was a bit f a disapointment. I think snow or ice work better as a subject to accompany the Northern Lights.  There is also the benefit of  requiring less exposure time for a snow covered landscape.

Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights.

Farewell Vestrahorn

Farewell Vestrahorn

Time to say good bye to Stokksness for another month. Vestrahorn mountain always delvers some beautiful scenes and not to mention the interesting weather.

Glacial Mirrors

Glacial Mirrors

We were making our way down to the glacier tongue at Svinfallsjökull when I spot the colour in the clouds above Kristinatindur.

Dream of the Gods

Dream of the Gods

Godafoss the Waterfall of the Gods is a fine location for photographers, both Summer and Winter.

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