August 31, 2012

Northern Lights, Iceland

Photograph by Fred Schalk, My Shot

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On this night northern lights had been predicted, so I decided to find a nice spot on the Reykjanes peninsula. However, the sky wasn't very cooperative, especially in the far distance, so on my way over I stopped near an abandoned house, where it was less cloudy. In some ways the outcome was really not so bad because the clouds, the blue spots in the sky, the green northern lights, and the orange reflection of the Reykjavik city lights all mixed together in a multicolor light show.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? The cloudy weather, city lights, and aurora come together to make this a layered and complex shot. This is also a great example of working with the conditions you have rather than with those you anticipated and finding them to be ideal after all. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor



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2 comments
Mosan H.
Mosan H.

Northern Lights,Worderful!!!!!!!!!

Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith

Otherworldly and eerie, HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL!  Beautiful and calming!  Great shot!

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