This extraordinary photo was taken in the middle of the night in South Iceland. It was taken on a full moon night in October just before 1 a.m. Believe it or not, the post processing challenge was to darken the image to make it look a little bit more like a night photo. The moon was behind me, but the white of the floating icebergs on the Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon become a highlight after the long exposure. I tried to reduce the white in the clouds.
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D Mark III|
|Lens||Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM|
|Focal Length||24.0 mm (24.0 mm in 35mm)|
|Exposure Time||30s (30)|
Full Moon Phase
This is far from my favourite Northern Lights photo because of the highlights. It is a photographer’s dream to be able to capture an aurora and have such great detail on the glacier ice, but the ice in this photo looks like a day-time photo. However, the image does demonstrate the amount of light pollution a full moon throws out. If you compare this with some of my other aurora pics, which are usually taken during new moon phases, you can see the clear difference.
Comparing Moon Phases
The following two images were taken of the same mountain, but at different moon phases. The first photo was taken on the same night as the featured photo and has been processed to darken the clouds. The second picture was taken on a crescent moon night and has the shadows lifted in post processing.
One thing I am sure of though is that despite the low visibility, the arctic circle must be in this photograph.
Northern lights can add an extra dimension to night photography because they add strong colours and depth to the sky.
This Northern Lights shot was blessed with a superb wash of ocean during the exposure.