High Key Night Photography

High Key Night Photography

Level Adjustment

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 INFO
CameraCanon EOS 5D Mark III
LensCanon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
ISO1600
Focal Length24.0 mm (24.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperturef/4
Exposure Time30s (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.

 

Full moon aurora mountain

mountain northern lights reflection

Ice Gorge

Ice Gorge

This is at the Fjaðrargljufur river canyon in South East Iceland. The unassuming river winds like a snake between the rocks.

Blue Wing

Blue Wing

We had driven to Jökulsarlon very early and could see that a good sunrise was developing, but there was very little ice on the beach.

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