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Milky way photography

For us Iceland based photographers, photographing the Milky Way is generally something we do while we are waiting for the Northern Lights to appear. There are many parts of Iceland with zero light pollution so it is worthwhile to head out on a moonless night if there is a cloudless sky. The Milky Way is normally less vivid than the aurora and requires all the equipment needed for Northern lights photography, but on volume 11. We all had some nice opportunities on this moonless night.

Superior Live View

This was the first time I tested my new Canon 5d live view in a real dark situation. I was able to see a few of the brightest stars in the viewfinder. This meant that I was able to fine focus the lens and this also meant that I could use a larger aperture such as f/2.2 to achieve more exposure within 19 seconds. This live view is an invaluable tool that can increase your chances of taking a successful night photo.

Hali

This scene was taken from the farmland at Hali. This is the hotel base for most of our multi-day tours. It is great to be able to walk from your hotel room to photograph the Milky way.

Dynjandi Rock

There is every type of waterfall here. The strong flutes, the power walls, the delicate, flowing water cascades through green moss.

Shot to nothing

One thing I am sure of though is that despite the low visibility, the arctic circle must be in this photograph.

Jokulsarlon Night panorama

Northern lights can add an extra dimension to night photography because they add strong colours and depth to the sky.

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