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Derelict Dakota beneath the Aurora



Derelict Dakota beneath the Aurora Borealis in South Iceland

Derelict Dakota beneath the Aurora Borealis in South Iceland
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27 Comments | Report
Sergei
 
Sergei July 31, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Sergei
 
Sergei July 31, 2015
Fantastic rendition of this scene which is becoming familiar and is on my bucket list! Bravo,
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 07, 2015
Incredible shot!
Jodie1991
 
Jodie1991 December 11, 2015
This is by far one of my favorite photos!
SueLeonardPhotography PRO
 
SueLeonardPhotography December 23, 2015
Thank you to everyone who either commented or voted for my photograph. I am so happy that I won a category. Thank you.
nmalykh PRO
 
nmalykh December 24, 2015
Excellent!
Could You specify the exact place? I would like to go there.
mrlarrys
mrlarrys December 24, 2015
I beleive location is in the tags
mrlarrys
 
mrlarrys December 24, 2015
Congratulations on your capture!
Dawkins01
 
Dawkins01 January 20, 2016
Amazing!!!!!!
TwoFires Premium
 
TwoFires June 16, 2016
Wow... very beautiful! I absolutely love this shot. Great job!
Shellyb67
 
Shellyb67 July 26, 2016
wow
offpin22
 
offpin22 November 15, 2016
Beautifully done!!!
victorparada
 
victorparada November 20, 2016
Incredible!!!!
Just-Agnes
 
Just-Agnes December 18, 2016
It almost looks surreal.
Great job.
Jbowersphotography
 
Jbowersphotography February 16, 2017
Amazing well done
bigtrocks
 
bigtrocks February 23, 2017
Iceland looks like a magical place to visit and take photos.
Fraserd
 
Fraserd March 14, 2017
Amazing
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle March 16, 2017
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
Tartanshots
 
Tartanshots March 17, 2017
An amazing photo!
RichardShore PRO
 
RichardShore March 22, 2017
So much atmosphere in this image! Great work!
calduncan
 
calduncan July 20, 2017
Stunning
Skcharlie
 
Skcharlie August 09, 2017
Superb dramatic scene. Congratulations.
Pachuco PRO
 
Pachuco August 11, 2017
Simply wonderful and graced with beauty.
FarhatM PRO
 
FarhatM August 23, 2017
Incredible capture!! Absolutely love it !
AngelLappmarkSe PRO
 
AngelLappmarkSe August 25, 2017
This is amazing. The northern lights, the clouds, the plane.... Impressiv.
amanavinash
 
amanavinash September 01, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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amanavinash September 01, 2017
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Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 08, 2017
Beautiful and I love seeing your entire gallery!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photograph back in March 2015 in Iceland.
Time
It was taken at night - a very cold night.
Lighting
The Aurora Borealis was an amazing sight. There was a full moon which lit up the surrounding landscape.
Equipment
Canon EOS5D MK III 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Inspiration
The amazing Aurora Borealis creating a surreal landscape.
Editing
Basic post-processing of the original RAW file.
In my camera bag
Canon 5D Mk iii, 24-105mm lens, 70 - 300 mm lens, set of Lee Filters (1, 2, 3 stop ND grads) and a Lee Big Stopper. Cleaning cloths, spare batteries, spare memory cards.
Feedback
To take a similar photograph people would without doubt need to use a tripod, they will also need to open their Aperture to the widest setting (mine was f/4). Set your shutter speed to approx 10 seconds and your ISO to 2000. Focus on the moon or something far away. If there isn't enough light to do that, then set your focus on infinity but back off a tiny bit. Take test shots and adjust your shutter speed and/or your ISO to obtain a good exposure. Don't forget it will be night time, so we are talking a 'take to the left' photo but do not lose details at the dark end of your histogram. If the Aurora is moving quickly and you want to capture a more frozen in time look, then try to get your shutter speed down to between 4 and 8 seconds - again, you might have to boost your ISO to obtain this shutter speed.

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