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High Key Night Photography

High Key Night Photography

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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

Shot to nothing

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

Jokulsarlon Night panorama

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

Aurora Wash

Aurora Wash

This Northern Lights shot was blessed with a superb wash of ocean during the exposure.

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Canon 5D - full frame This is a heavy duty camera than I have used in all weathers. It has a very Powerful live-view and great quality images.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 l This lens was all I needed for many years. Sharp from corner to corner, makes it a champion for landscape details.
Canon 135mm f/1.2L Wonderfully sharp!
Medium weight Tripod My Gitzo has been on the ice beach a thousand times and is still strong.

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