Who Left the Lights On?
You need clear skies, an active Aurora and most importantly, something more than a lonely pine tree or log cabin to photograph in front of the display.
Iceland has plenty of wilderness but sadly weather that rivals Manchester for greyness! However, throw in the incredible Jokulsarlon glacier complex and some long shutter speeds and the show gets off the ground. Then a clear night and a series of icy waterfalls throws up a colour show that would outstrip any Dulux paint chart.
Word & pictures by Paul Goldstein, Exodus leader & photographer
Daylight – No Light
Only a few hours of daylight in the late autumn, but still plenty to photograph at Jokulsarlon glacier complex.
15mm Fish Eye lens, ISO 3200 9 second exposure, F2.8 Facing due North
Red Light District
First evidence of Borealis reflected below – 15mm, 30 second exposure ISO1000 F2.8
Trails Worth Taking
The lights were not visible to the naked eye, at a ten minute exposure they certainly were – 15mm F2.8 (tripod, obviously), ISO 800
Stars in the Making
Slightly shorter exposure (seven minutes) with more distortion on the fish-eye lens.
Keep your eyes to the sky!