From Moonset to Sunrise..
A few nights ago, our last night in Akureyri, I had a bright idea.. Following reliable information from the Icelandic Met. Office that the Aurora was in an active phase and we were in for a clear night. How nice it would be I thought to photograph Godafoss under moonlight with the northern lights thrown in. A plan was duly hatched to leave Akureyri at 2am which we did, in sub-zero temperatures and snowy roads.
Completely dark and clear skies are best for viewing the Aurora but even with a full-ish moon, if activity is good, the Aurora can be seen. We got the clear skies, the Aurora however, failed to show.. in super sub-zero temperatures, there is only so long one can hang around waiting. That said, we were at the falls for about three hours. As we left, mainly due to the cold having got through to our bones, the first rays of the dawn could be seen.
As we drove on, we were treated to a quite extra-ordinary sunrise. The colours were so vivid, rather than upping the saturation a little, which is usual with a RAW file, I was seriously thinking I would have to desaturate. As it is, I’ve left the colours just as nature presented them to my camera, nothing added, nothing taken away..
This post has been sitting around unfinished for a little while which as the last few days have been very intense, photography and travel wise, and there just hasn’t been time which, on reflection, is just how it should be. Click on the images for a clearer, sharper view.. :-)