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.
My Aurora Lenses
The Northern Lights photographs on Iceland Aurora were taken with these lenses. 90% of my Northern Lights photos were taken with the Canon 24mm f/1.4 USM L Prime.
This was one of the most rewarding mornings I ever experienced at the Diamond Ice Beach at the Glacier lagoon at Jökusarlon, I used to run tours to Jökusarlon and back (to Reykjavik) in a single day. This was a 14 hour trip with 10 hours of driving. In December,...
If you are crazy for colour photography it can be crazy to leave the world of mono out in the cold.
Pictorial depth is a third dimension in a 2 dimensional image. Being able to communicate depth in an image will increase the sense of space and using pictorial depth cues is a composition skill.