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.
The weather was cloudy but as we turned the corner, a gap in the clouds allowed some beautiful, Winter light onto the scene.
The dawn is not a quick affair in Iceland. The colours can be good for many hours especially on a mid-Summer night.
The black sand beach with magical chunks of glacial ice is where the Atlantic Ocean interacts with Europe’s largest glacier.