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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.

Photography Tools:

Be sure to choose the right equipment for Night photography. A lens with a Some lenses are too large, such as the Nikkor 14-24mm. For low light and night, this lens is fine, but dark filters for day time Magic Cloth photography becomes complicated. Canon pro-DSLRs are perfect for Night photography.

  • 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)

Moss on red

This is a strange volcanic lake. It goes very deep in places and used to be the deepest lake in Iceland.

Brunahorn

I demonstrate a lightroom preset on this photo of Brunahorn in East Iceland.

Hvitserkur Gull

This basalt structure has withstood many thousands of years of Icelandic weather, although it recently had a concrete base manufactured to prevent erosion.

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