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Volcanic Aurora Boreal

Volcanic Aurora Boreal
Photo Information
Copyright: Fredrik Holm (fredi) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 33] (200)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-25
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, EF-S 10-22 F3.5-4.5
Exposure: f/4, 22 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Geysers, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Our world at night., lovely landscapes, AURORA (Polar Lights) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-17 21:43
Viewed: 17227
Favorites: 15 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Seeing that there is a lack or aurora photos here on TN and that the response on my previously posted aurora photo was very good, I will post another one in a different setting.

This photo shows northern lights as seen from the NŠmaskarū geothermal area near Krafla in North Iceland. The volcanically active area has numerous fumaroles and boiling mud pools. At the time when the photo was taken there was no wind and it was almost full moon. Going out there I was only expecting to make beautiful night-time photos of the fumaroles using long exposures and letting the full moon light up the area, but just before getting back into the car a very intense display of green to purple northern lights started up very suddenly, and large parts of the sky bursted into colorful and fast flickering flames. After shooting a few photos straight up I ran back to the fumaroles where I managed to capture a few photos like the one above before the aurora faded out completely.

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Hello Fredrik,

Another amazing shot of an amazing phenomenon. It's a fantastic perfectly exposed image with great DOF. I don't understand the white specks on both of your last 2 posts.


Evelynn : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-18 1:44]

Two impressive natural phenomenon on the same interesting photos. Congratulations Fredrik and thanks for sharing with us.

Hi Fredrik, welcome to TN, your photos are something special for us who never seen buty like your show on your photos. Fantastic shot , unique combination of 2 natural fenomen. Excelent coloures and POv .TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-18 2:01]

I would venture that witnessing both of these natural phenomena simultaneously is a very special privilege, so thank you, Fredrik, for sharing this amazing scene with us. The details are amazingly sharp and the light and colors are amazing overall. TFS. : )

Hello Fredrik,

this is a very impressing night time photo of a rare phenomenon taken in a landscape of silent great beauty.

Taking long exposure pictures at moonlight inevitably deliver results that look quite unusual to the spectator in their colourful sunlight and daytime appeance - as the human eye unusally does not record any reflected colours of landscape at moonlight, whereas the intensity of aurora boralis will be very colourful for sure due to its sufficient brightness to activate the colour sensitive cells of the retina. Evelynn's question demonstrates the difficulty to accept the picture of being nightime at all when asking about the nature of "white specks" - very obviously the stars of nighttime sky.

I have tried a workshop just to imitate an impression that might be more realistic to the human perception of the moment - a guess only, of course, as I never have seen what you have seen. Please tell me if it comes any close to the experience you had.

Very interesting and appealing contribution you have made. Thank you! Best regards,


whouaou !
deux manifestations extraordinaires de la nature sur le mÍme clichť..!
extra !
superbe photo d'un instant sans doute magique.
Bravo et merci du partage

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-05-18 3:47]

Hello Fredrik,
wonderfull picture again!

Hi Fredrik,
Another amazing photo. I actually agree with Peter and like his WS. As he mentioned nobody knows what it realy looked like but you. Good question from Evelynn on the white spots. Are they stars? To nit pick a little, I would have loved to see the top of the geyser.

I don't know what to say. Its so un-Earth like. An incredible shot, I've never seen anything like this before.
You live in an amazing place, thanks.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-18 10:42]

Wonderful - the photo and the geyser, excellent. I love the detail in your pictures of the aurora and the stars are excellent. I personally thought they were obviously stars having guessed at a night time shot. The WS makes it more obvious that its dark.



When I look at this awesome picture, I feel as though I were on another planet, this shot is breathtakingly fantastic! It looks like were turning Mars into a class M planet releasing oxygen into the atmosphere(compares to the movie Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger). I would actually like to see this in person, with my luck I would probably be standing over one of those holes, just as it is about to blow. Well done Fredrik. :)

Hi Fredrik, this is a great shot really. I like all. POV DOP colours and details.

Amazing, nature at it's absolute best. A superb capture, thank you so much for posting.

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2006-05-19 10:28]

fai delle foto stupende complimenti ,molto artisitche

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-05-19 18:41]

Fredrik , This is spectacular , I lived in Anchorage Alaska and saw this a few times but was unable to suitably capture it, you have done very well here...



hello Fredrik,
Really an amazing shot, with a geiser and an aurora in the same time. excellent exposure time and framing. One of my favorites.
Best regards

WOW, thats just amazing! I love the lighting, the sharpness, the colours and.. well, everything about this picture. Its just truly a very inspiring picture! I wish I could capture images this fantastic, both in ways of the nature itself, but also the perfect technical composition! I love it!


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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2006-07-18 6:18]

This is one hell of a picture! This is the best picture of namaskard i have ever seen.. You have done a great job, i was there a few weeks ago,and i realy like this area!!!

Fantastique photo : fumerolles + aurore...le rÍve pour moi!

Interesting to see northern lights.

Fantastic picture

Simply impressive! Your long exposure time here just makes wonders. I am suprised on how a full moon can bring out colors like that ??? Amazing! And the timing is almost once of a lifetime experience.

PC :)

Hi Fredrik,

Amazing shot.


Hello Fredrik,

What an amazing photograph you give us!
It seems completely unreal and colours are extraordinary. Nice light and very good neatness, thank you for this piece of dream!


Hi Fredrik,
Wow...must be quite an experience especially if you are seeing this spectacle and phenomenon for the first time..
Beautiful and educational work.

Hi Fredrik

Stunning! Yes, I wish I get to see something like this in my lifetime. Even the landscape looks amazing. So this picture was taken at daytime? Its surprising that the sky lit up so much if it was during the day! Anyway, thanks very much for sharing this awesome phenomenon.


great phenomenon! I wish I was to see it, TFS Ori

Hi Fredrik
Just amazing photo. Technically perfect and showing real wonder of nature.
Thanks for sharing


Just incredible pic.....



Great shot! The colours and composition look beautiful.

Hi fredi

it's awesome, impressive!!
Good capture, good scene, excellent colors..



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-19 21:41]

Hello Fredrik,
Another amazing shot with beautiful coloration and fine detail. Your unique images are something new and different and a joy to view.

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