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Last day of Christmas at the farm



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MD_Schloer Ultimate
 
MD_Schloer May 08, 2017
That's just too kewl!!!
Jlifox
 
Jlifox March 26, 2018
Nice!!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
I was born and raised on a farm near Lake Myvatn in North Iceland where this pictures is taken. That night my big family from the farms in the neighborhood came together to celebrate the last day of Christmas. There is an elf bonfire behind the car and my brothers are having fun with Fireworks. I'm not that much into fireworks so silently I walked behind my super-jeep with my tripod and the Nikon.
Time
Þrettándinn, also known as Twelfth Night, is an Icelandic holiday celebrated on January 6. It is the last day of Christmas, and is celebrated with elf bonfires and elf dances. On this day, families get together, have dinner and light fireworks.
Lighting
I didn't prepare for the shot, I didn't have time because the fireworks were over in a short time and it started before I got the idea of getting behind my car to take this photo. I did few shots and I like this one most because of the "star" at the top of the frame, and my family members seen on the right on the photo.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon D5300, with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens. I like that lens very much in various situations in North Iceland.
Inspiration
I decided to bring along my camera and tripod because I wanted to experiment with bonfire, but didn't thing too much about the fireworks. But somehow everything fused together in this photo and quite funny this red firework what seems to come from the hood of the car and reminds me of a Star Wars lightsaber :)
Editing
Somehow this picture didn't need a lot of post processing. White balance is as shot, -0,85 exposure, but went wild on the clarity slider. I tent to do that when my super-jeep is involved in pictures :)
In my camera bag
My worn-out bag includes Nikon D5300, two extra batteries, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor ED 55-200mm F4-5.6G lens, remote shutter, lens cleaning cloths and chocolate. Chocolate is the most essential thing to carry when driving the center highland of Iceland. Of course food, water and other survival essentials are needed, but standing in a great landscape, waiting for the right lighting calls for good Icelandic chocolate.
Feedback
To capture something like this, at a isolated and remote farm, you need to know the locals. I'm available all around the year to assist everyone getting to the places, as seen on my website www.kip.is :) Thank you Viewbug for your website, I had been looking for a long time for a solution for displaying my photos, and Viewbug answered all my questions, simple as that.

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