This Aurora photograph was taken on a moonless night on Jökulsarlon South East Iceland. This Aurora was barely visible to the naked eye, but 1600iso and f/1.4 was enough to capture it in 30 seconds. The new moon phases are great for northern lights photography because there is no light pollution from the moon. The main benefit is that it is possible to capture really weak auroras. This doesn’t sound like everyone’s dream, but it means that you have a better chance of capturing something so long as the sky is clear. Also, it is possible to capture both Milky Way and a weak aurora together.
Magic cloth technique
I covered the sky half way through the exposure. This meant that the reflection had twice as much exposure. This really helps when you start pushing the levels in post processing.
This night photograph was created from 2 frames stitched together. The original frames were vertical frames so the result is not a long panorama, but rather a large square photo.
This is at the Fjaðrargljufur river canyon in South East Iceland. The unassuming river winds like a snake between the rocks.
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.
This is a favourite place of mine to sit and wait. This was on a photo tour around Iceland last week to Dettifoss.