Photographer's Note

When traveling to Iceland in the winter, its possible to see the Northern Lights.

And we were lucky to see them on one glorious night!

We had just gone to bed, and the owner/operator of the guesthouse we were staying at said she would wake everyone up if she saw the Northern Lights outside.

Well, luck would have it that only about 10 min after going to bed, the lady went running down the hallway shouting loudly, "the Northern Lights, the Northern Lights!"

All of us, about 10 in the house, got dressed quickly and warmly, and got our cameras out.

It was FREEZING cold, and our hands/fingers were totally numb, frost had covered my entire camera!!!
Pentax camera's are known for working in harsh conditions, they're built specifically for that, and I'm amazed it worked so well in those conditions.

We were all outside in the freezing cold for at least 30 minutes to 1 Hr. And even using long shutters speeds in the cold temps, the camera still kept working.

This is a 124 sec exposure. It's not even close to being perfect quality wise, but I'm happy considering the elements at the time.

The shot was taken just outside the guesthouse, in the backyard, and the bright light in the middle is the moon. The green lights were weaving and shifting like crazy, like a snake. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my life.

Hope you like it.

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