LightCaptured @lightcapturedNovember 2018 · 3 min read


After I made the photo from the post below:, along with few more, of course, we had to quickly head to our next stop for that night, a small guest house in the Northwestern part of Iceland. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay any longer at Hvitserkur since our next place to rest for the night was more than 30 kilometers away, mostly on small gravel roads and we couldn't contact the guest house over the phone to warn them we're running late. So we were in a hurry!

On our way there, we conducted a long bur fruitful, LMAO, discussion about what that giant rock looks like. In my imagination it was only one thing - the head of a giant Viking, partially hiding his face under the water, a huge petrified guard, protecting the beautiful saturated green valleys and mountains of Iceland from invaders coming out of the Atlantic Ocean. See for yourself below, I cannot be wrong, can I? :) His eyes, looking at you and all...


Did I mention I almost lost my life there? The shore at that place there is quite high and steep, moreover I had to climb it in complete darkness with my more than 10 kilograms backpack full with expensive photo equipment and holding my heavy tripod in my left hand. Of course, my headlight was forgotten in the trunk of the car, waiting for me along with my friends on the top. I was losing balance at least five times, and I had to grab whichever big stone I could just to avoid falling down. It was an unforgettable experience, indeed! Anyways, it is obvious I survived that night :) My knees were shaking long after I got to the top and entered the warm inside of the car with my friends waiting for me.

Later, after several minutes of driving, I had to jump on the brakes!

Quite unexpectedly, we saw the magical Aurora Borealis! At first it was hard to notice it but as the night was getting thicker and even darker, if that was possible at all, the Aurora was getting stronger and more playful ;)



By the way, those two pictures above, I'm sharing for the very first time here for my fellow Steemians! :) I hope you enjoy them :)

Unfortunately, we could not afford to spend too much time enjoying the Northern Lights, we had to hurry to our guest house.

Once we checked in, it wasn't flawless in case you wonder, we had a quick snack, and of course, we decided to go out for the night and make as many photos as possible until we freeze or fall asleep :) It was the end of August, as I mentioned, but at 3 AM it was minus 4 degrees Celsius! Pretty refreshing, no? :)))

Few photos I've made that night:


(Impression, the only passing vehicle that night, a truck and I'm happy I managed to mix its lights with the Aurora)


(At the Atlantic Ocean)


(What would be a great journey with no proper selfie of us the three, touching the Heavens? :P)

Thank you!

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Much appreciated, dear friends!

Steem on!



Happy you managed that climb in the dark, my friend! It seems it is a common thing among people like us.

I had similar climbing n the dark experience. The possibility of rolling down as few as fifteen meters did also scare me on that occasion. So far I have only experienced falling from about one meter or less during a test climbing and I landed on my side. But I can tell you I did feel the slow-motionness of it. It also did not help much. No serious damage, anyway.

I plan visiting a place maybe next summer but with the help of people who can actually climb, and equip me properly, and help.

Good luck and health, and see you around!


Thank you, Manol ;)
Lesson learnt, indeed :D
I think your plan is great, we have to be prepared as much as possible ;)

Steem on! :)


@adyorka, it was you who gave me that last push so I find the time to share that story ;) Thank you and have a great new week :)


What a spectacle !!! I am not an expert I have a question with Canon 700d is it possible capture in a "decent way" lights like those ones?


Thank you, @philfreetotravel, and to answer your question, yes, it is possible! That body is fully capable of it.
There are a bunch of important stuff to consider taking photos of Aurora, but one of the most important ones is, the lens. You'll need as fast and as wide lens as possible. I took those photos with a full-frame body (Canon 5D Mark III) and 16-35 mm f/2.8. Most of the times, making those shots at 16 mm and f/2.8 ;)
ISO values of 800-3200 and exposure times between 2 and 8 seconds in average.

Of course, for the crop sensor of the 700D, the choice of lenses is slightly bigger, I recall there was someone in my group taking photos with EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 and it was good enough. I own a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for the EF-S mount and for its price it is more than good!

I hope that helps :)



Thank you very much for this very extensive response !! I did not expect the best quality possible from such camera but at least proper capture. When hopefully I will relocate to Canada I will do my best to follow what you wrote


You're very welcome! ;)
When you relocate you'll have plenty of opportunities to capture it, I suppose!
Speaking from experience, before investing in expensive photo equipment you could rent few lenses for a day or two, try which one gives you the best result and then decide. That's an advice I would love someone giving to me before I starter with my pro photography :D LOL


I really appreciate that It sounds a good idea rent one and save money !! I forgot you ask you another question: I heard that some batteries may have som problem with a temperature below zero such as they start to not work properly should I have to buy specific ones to capture it


True :)
Two solutions here. You could do both of course.
I usually go out with at least two batteries and for the Aurora photography, I got four. :)

For your camera should be these:

The "EXTREME" series ;) I saw really a better performance from them. They recharge a bit slower though but that's something acceptable.

When freezing outside, I use thermal clothes with internal pockets thus keeping the batteries warm by my body heat ;)


Fair enough and again thanks a lot enjoy any your trip and/or travel


Likewise! :)


Wow oh wow, what beautiful images! Those last 2 shots are just magical in every way. I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, but its on my list, I hope I get to someday soon. Thanks for sharing. :)


Thank you so much, @lilyraabe! My photo travel was totally worthy and I wish you tick that item from your list sooner. You won't forget seeing, and feeling the Aurora :)