Iceland night photography
Often, photography in Iceland has to be opportunistic. The greatest obstacle for photographers is also the biggest danger to tourists: the weather! Often we have to just accept what is given to us and count our blessing that… “It could have been a lot worse”. But Iceland photography wouldn’t be the same without some mention of the weather. Even if the plan is to shoot Aurora Borealis over the Glacial lagoon at Jökulsarlon, the photographer in Iceland sometimes has to improvise.
Turn your obstacles into features
A disappointing cloudy night, but one of my quotes is “turn your barriers into features”. In this case the clouds were the barriers, and quite disheartening when you want to see auroras.
But look at the results! The lake part of the scene has a beautiful smooth reflection and those ice bergs sit there so pretty. That cloud movement feathers over a green soup of a sky behind it, giving plenty of hints of northern lights.
- Great features and total manual mode
- Excellent live view can fine focus stars!
- Important features can be changed with external buttons and dials.
- A little Red light on the back lets you know you are taking a shot. (useful at night)
This is one of many shots I take on the ice beach. The formula is basic, but effective.
The grass anchors itself in the black sand forming tussocks from the drifting sand. Small pools form after heavy rain or melting snow.
From this position, I had several challenges. It took 17 shots to get to this one and I already knew my composition!