Jökulsarlon Aurora

Vertical Northern Lights photo

Level 10 Northern Lights

This photo was taken during a Hassleblad Photo Workshop in Jökulsarlon, South East Iceland. The medium format cameras were lovely, but pretty useless for the northern lights. So this was taken with my Canon 5D2. The Northern lights were really strong on this evening. It is such a shame that there were so many clouds, but the occasional openings in the clouds gave us a few photo opportunities. At one point the aurora was bright enough to cast a shadow which means that it was a full strength aurora.

Strong Vertical

I decided to shoot this scene vertically. Generally, I will follow the lines of the aurora, so if they are overhead it is a great opportunity to capture a strong vertical photo. Vertical images don’t get the attention they deserve online, but they are fantastic to hang in a large room as a print. The long exposure was unavoidable and it was a shame that some of the ice was moving during the exposure.

Northern Lights Gear

Canon 5D – full frame

I used the 5D mark III for several years in all weathers. Great live-view with quality colours.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 l

I shot most of my Auroras with this wide angle prime lens from Canon. The f2.8 is easily suficient for sharp stars, even in the corners.
Medium weight Gitzo Tripod

My Gitzo tripod is hevay enough to take a bit of wind, yet light enough to hike with.

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