Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jökulsárlón Blue

Jökulsárlón Blue by right2roam
Jökulsárlón Blue, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

I was on the hunt...

... for Northern Lights. Jokulsarlon is the largest and probably best known of a number of glacial lakes in Iceland. Not the easiest Winter destination to make; at several points along the Ring Road, strong winds gusting down from Vatnajokull nearly blew my tiny rented 4x4 off the icy roads. In making the drive I had hoped to try my hand at adding to the already large collection of iconic shots featuring the eerie green glow of the Northern Lights reflecting off of this lagoon's frigid water between icebergs. With only one day and evening to photograph the area, I got a few presentable images, but only saw a faint glimmer of Aurora Borealis. Now having seen the lagoon in the dead of Winter, and having done a little more research on Aurora patterns, I would advise making this trip in Autumn or Spring when the road conditions are better and the lake isn't so choked with ice. If I'm so fortunate to be able to make this trip to chase the Northern Lights again, I would go this Fall with more time on my hands. Read why here...
www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1337399/Nasa-pred....
I would also keep an eye on this website which could help increase chances of being at the right place at the right time to make some breathtaking images.
www.swpc.noaa.gov/pmap/

And just for fun, check out this video taken from the International Space Station. www.nasa.gov/topics/shuttle_station/features/20110917-aur...
Absolutely amazing!

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 105mm
Aperature: f/13
Exposure: 1/6 second
ISO 125

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