January 28, 2020, 10:48 p.m. — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland
When we returned from Vestrahorn, Óli, our Icelandic guide, checked the Kp index, which was heading toward three. He called a number of his contacts to see what things were like in other locations, and then announced at dinner that we were going to try for the Northern Lights.
We returned to Jökulsárlón at about 9 p.m., put on our crampons, and ventured into the night. She and I and a few others followed Gary to try a location right next to the lagoon but it turned out to be less than satisfactory. Don was on the hill above us and called down that the view was great, so we trudged up to find him with the rest of our group and about thirty others. A very quiet party.
We set up our tripods, worked out compositions — fun in the dark — tried some test exposures, and waited.
The sky was a tease. Was that a bit of green on the horizon? A bit of red? Nope, it’s gone. Green again. Bah! Faded. Too many clouds! And those #@%# headlights! Well, the Milky Way is nice…
There’s some green…
(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 15–30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. f/2.8, 10 sec, ISO 4000. Raw processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)