Sunday (09-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland in the Winter Photography Tour. Day 1: Reykjavik & Northern Lights.

When we went out it didn’t look too promising – cold, cloudy, windy, and some snow. Helga, from Tours by Locals found a spot about 10 km south of Keflavik International Airport where when the clouds cleared long enough to see this sequence. Eighty images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1 sec) One image taken every 5 sec. The 8 second video is shown at 10 fps. It was cold and the display didn’t last that long. I can see that the weather changes quickly in Iceland, and hope for more chances over the next week. The Icelandic Met Office is a good resource for both the weather and northern lights forecasts in Iceland.

Reykjavik Northern Lights. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1 sec). (David J Mathre)
Reykjavik Northern Lights. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1 sec). (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

6 thoughts on “Sunday (09-March-2014) — Iceland”

  1. Awesome, David.  I must do the time lapse next time I go North.  Enjoy!  Today, I gave a talk about the Northern Lights, a little on the science, legend, prediction and how to photograph them at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee along with images from my trip last March to Alaska.  
    I look forward to seeing some from your trip.

Leave a Reply