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Gyda photographing at Goðafoss. With help from the strong moonlight the drizzle from the waterfall brings out the rainbow under the northern lights. It´s not often we see rainbows and northern lights at the same time.

The darkness has arrived here in Iceland, but the winter has not. The conditions for northern lights have been good and the calm weather has been refreshing. I guess some of my friends in south-Iceland don´t agree since it has been heavy raining there and partly cloudy. Me and Gyda were at Godafoss recently under the moonlight. The moonlight is really bright when we have calm and clear conditions like we have had for the past few days. The moonlight makes the colors pop out and really light up the beautiful rocks.

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The moonlight really helps to bring out the shadows and the color of the landscape. 13 sec, f4, iso1600. 24-70 Nikon lens at 24mm.
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The mossy foreground adds to the scene. Here the moonlight got a little help from my headlight. 6 sec, iso1600, 24 mm on Nikon 24-70. Two photos.
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When it was time to go home everything got a bit crazy. Gyda (www.gyda.is) sitting under the northern lights crown near Godafoss waterfall. 6 sec, f2.8, iso 1600, 14 mm on Nikon 14-24 lens.
I liked this composition of the lights, the rocks and the famous foreground rock which in this instance is mid-ground. 8 sec, f2.8, iso1600, 24 mm on Nikon 24-70 lens.
I liked this composition of the lights, the rocks and the famous foreground rock which in this instance is mid-ground. 8 sec, f2.8, iso1600, 24 mm on Nikon 24-70 lens.
Colorful spectrum. Northern lights, rainbow and moonlight. The moonlight makes a few second exposure look as daylight.
Colorful spectrum. Northern lights, rainbow and moonlight. The moonlight makes a few second exposure look as daylight.

See also the blog – Basics of northern lights photography.

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