Midnight Sun


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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in Iceland of Kirkjufellsfoss.
This was taken at midnight in the month of July when the sun barely sets. I had come to this area specifically to get this shot. When I arrived you could barely see the top of the mountain. It was raining and foggy. When you are traveling specifically for a photo and have limited time to get that shot there is a good change you might leave with out the photo of your dreams. I had gone back to my room a little disappointed and as the evening approached I was shocked to see the fog had lifted. After I set up for the shot the sun appeared and the sky lit up with pink clouds. I felt truly blessed.
When I initially set up for the shot I used a ND Filter along with a ND Grad so I would be able to get the silky flow of the water. As it go darker I switch to ND grad only.
I use a Nikon d850 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. I use lee filter the SW150 system. My ND grad was N.09. I like using a light tripod and I used Sirui.
I have seen this composition many times and always thought it was such a beautiful scene. I know you hear you should make the shot your own but I wanted this exact composition. As I stood there I was thrilled to think I was standing in a spot that so many professional photographers stood to get this iconic shot.
For this shot I used Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I always have my d850 along with my two favorite lenses Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 and Nikon 24.-70mm f2.8. You will always find all of my filters, big stopper, little stopper, ND grads for both of my lenses. For the 14-24 I use the Lee SW150 system and for the 24-70 I use the Lee 100 system. There will always be cleaner and cloth to wipe off my lens. Nothing worse than to have a dirty lens and nothing to clean it with. Always plenty of batteries and cards.
Always come prepared for any weather condition. When photographing landscape you never know what the weather conditions will bring. In Iceland the weather changes constantly and rain, fog and clouds will roll in at any time. I carry a raincoat for my camera just in case of wet weather. Always bring your filters even if going out on a cloudy day because you will never know when the sun will shine. Not being able to get that great long exposure shot because you forgot your filters will ruin your day. If you are looking to get a specific scene it is best to go and check out the area before you go out for the sunset or sunrise shot. I will go and take some shots of different compositions, bring them back and see what I love the best so when I arrive in the dark I know exactly where I need to set up. If you are shooting a famous scene get there early. You will be surprised to see how many people will be there already set up taking the best spot.

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