This time I present you some pictures which have been taken when the daylight faded away already, in the case of Elusive Light you might be intrigued to think the warm light is coming from a sunset, but this is wrong, the warm light behind the rock results from a moonset during late dawn.
Due to a low population and a relatively high population density in the capital of Iceland (Reykjavik) there are no other big cities on Iceland which would produce much light pollution during the night.
Therefore when we had clear skies in Iceland we could always see plenty of stars across the sky. Celestial Dreams was captured in a particular cold night at Dettifoss we were lucky to have very clear skies, we could see the milky-way in all it’s beauty even with our bare eyes. It was really fascinating to see a pitch-black sky (not kidding), with millions of visible stars, it felt like as if we could see into space because the sky was so dark.
Elusive Light This photo is very special for me, when I look at it, it evokes the same kind of feelings I had while standing there during the night trying to get a sharp image (due to waterfall spray) and not to get sh*t scared of the 45m drop which was only half a meter in front of me. Yes, you read right, it was night, that's correct. The elusive light you can see behind the big rock on the right is not the sun, it's the soft and warm light of a moon-set. That's also the reason why I had to use a high ISO value while keeping the aperture almost wide open and still exposing for more than 3 minutes. I could have also exposed way longer, but chances of catching waterfall spray on the lens would have been tremendously higher. It's interesting how scared you can get when you stand next to a drop or cliff where you can't see the bottom due to darkness, when we re-visited the waterfall the next day during daylight it was not half as scary as the night before standing next to the waterfall drop. By the way, the waterfall shown here is well kown for being the most powerful waterfall in Europe, its name is Dettifoss.
Kudos to Alex who suffers from vertigo and still was brave enough to stand next to the waterfall to give the viewer a better sense of scale for the waterfall.
Gazing into Eternity After the phenomenal sunset in "Fire over Iceland" we continued walking around in order to check out the place for more photogenic spots. I captured this shot while Alex was standing on this moss covered rock while enjoying the vast view.
Celestial Dreams Due to a low population and a relatively high population density in their capital Reykjavik there are no other big cities on Iceland which would produce much light pollution during the night.
Therefore when we had clear skies in Iceland we could always see plenty of stars across the sky.
But at this particular cold night at Dettifoss we were lucky to have very clear skies, we could see the milky-way in all it's beauty with our bare eyes. It was really fascinating to see a pitch-black sky (not kidding), with millions of visible stars, it felt like as if we could see into space because the sky was so dark.
I took this shot only a few minutes before I went sleeping in our precious Suzuki Grand Vitara and I'm pretty sure I had celestial dreams that night 😉
In this picture you can even see a rainbow like band of auora borealis.
Here are three more pictures of my (N)Iceland series 😉
We were really lucky to see aurora borealis (or simply northern lights) already on our first day after we arrived, we could see the aurora several times during our two week stay, but this was also the strongest aurora we ever experienced.
And so she danced... Here's another one of our first encounters back in Iceland, this time we were really lucky to get a nice display of northern lights! Some parts of the aurora literally danced above our heads, really quick so that this part of the show was only meant for our eyes.
This all happened close to the Dýrhólaey lighthouse, which is close to Vik, where we also found a breathtaking coastline as the perfect foreground.
Fire over Iceland This one has been taken on our first encounter with the highlands of Iceland, when we were driving up F210 desperately searching for Axlafoss, a not so popular waterfall. Because we were really busy locating that damn waterfall we didn't pay enough attention to the sunset which we only realized when the colours started to explode, booooom.... When we realized it we panicky parked the car, took the camera gear and run towards the nice river we just saw while driving along.
Well, there was not so much time looking for striking compositions but I'm still content with this one, it's the best I could find within the time window of 5-10min where the light and colours were fading...
In hindsight this was also the best sunset we experience during our 2 weeks on Iceland.