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 was mid January on a 3 day photo tour. We hit the beach about an hour before sunrise after a comfortable breakfast.
Nacreous clouds are difficult to expose. The trick here was under-exposure to make sure I didn’t loose any of the details and colours in the glowing cloud.
It was horrible conditions that brought about this beauty. We were sand blasted and windswept on the black sand beach, day 2 of a 3 day tour.