Behind the Photo: Best of 2016 - Dreams
Finally! We are stepping away from Chamonix and back to Iceland.
Our first night outside of Reykjavik we stayed near Seljalandsfoss. Earlier in the evening I had been walking around behind Seljalandsfoss and then went into Gljúfrabúi. Gljúfrabúi is a waterfall in a very tight canyon that creates a ton of spray - I was back there for about 5 minutes and came out drenched. I was cold and wet and needed to get into dry, warm clothes.
I changed and then headed into the community building at the campground we were staying at. We ate some dinner, I charged up my camera batteries and started editing some photos. I spent about two hours in the community room and then headed out to the car to pack my stuff away and head to be shortly after.
While I was walking to the car I noticed that there were quite a few people standing around; I didn't really know why either. I put my stuff away and was heading back to the community building - I couldn't figure out what people were doing, so I decided to stop and looking around to hopefully find out what was going on. Well I looked up and the sky was dancing - ribbons of green lighting up the night sky. It was amazing!
I went back to the car, grabbed my camera and tripod and walked out to the middle of the road. The road rarely sees any traffic, so I setup in the middle and started taking photos. Now, photographing the Northern Lights is a bit tricky, I think at least. I've taken photos of the stars more than enough that I know how to set my camera, but the Northern Lights require different settings since they are constantly changing. This particular shot was even more difficult since I wanted to the Milky Way, which requires a very bright exposure, but also has the Northern Lights which require a darker exposure to not over expose them. If I'm being honest, I wish I had gotten better photos of the lights.
I spent close to three hours outside that night. Mesmerized, I found it difficult to pack up and get some sleep, despite the fact that I was completely exhausted. This was definitely a night to remember.