Last night the aurora forecast was very good, activity high and celar skies. But, as so often here in Iceland, the weather forecast was not quite spot on. I decided to visit one of my favorite areas, the Reykjanes peninsula, but despite the good forecast, it was mostly overcast. But by driving around I managed to find some openings here and there.
When I got to lake Kleifarvatn, it was completely overcast, strong wind and the clouds moving fast. But I could see that above the clouds, aurora was dancing in the sky, backlighting the clouds. So what to do? Was I going to pack up my stuff and go home?
Of course not! There is always something to photograph, and dull conditions only push your creativity a little bit more. This is the time to experiment.
Since the aurora was not properly visible and no way I could shoot the texture of the aurora, I decided to capture the motion of the clouds with a long exposure. So I crancked down the ISO, and pushed the shutter speed to 30 sec. The result is an unusual aurora photograph, but definately something I will explore more later on. For me, the photo portrays a feeling of cold and windy landscape, wich was excactly what I experienced at the time. On the way home, I saw a big opening in the sky wich gave me the opportunity to shoot a more typical aurora photo.
All in all this was a great night out, as ususal. The tricky conditions pushed me a little bit out of the comfort zone, and instead of just hunting for the light, I was exploring more what the light could do for my pictures. And isn’t that what photography is all about?