Inspired by the hitseries “The Terror”, this is Diamond Beach, near Jökulsárlón, Iceland (2016).
Skógafoss, Iceland (2016) ~ The aurora borealis dancing above a famous Icelandic waterfall.
Haukland beach, Lofoten, Norway (2018)
The Night the Stars Wept
Langkofel & Platkofel near Alpi di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy (2018)
Skagsanden, Lofoten, Norway (2018)
Blood on the Buckthorn
Lunar Eclipse (2018) ~ Hazy conditions made it quite difficult if not impossible to get a nice timelapse eclipse sequence going. So I've done something a bit more creative instead.
This is a focal length blend of two sets of images. I used two for the moon and the glow which I averaged to get the details sharp and the noise low. The foreground is a focus stack of 6 images to get everything sharp, front to back.
Solbjornvatnet, Lofoten (2018)
~ Welcome in the land of the Witch-king. ~
This is a composite image of my favorite place in the entirety of the Lofoten. Crisp snow and not a soul in the area give a true sense of wilderness in an easily accessible location that's not next to a car park. What are we all doing there on the side of the road waiting for sunrise?
The Night and the Silent Water
Posbank (2016) ~ Take me up to the island in the sky.
The Dance of Eternity
Northern Iceland (2016) ~ Composite of the wild side of North Iceland.
Valley of a Thousand Nightfalls
~ How would Rivendell look once the sun sets behind the mountains? This place is truly like the movies: Epic. "The valley of 72 waterfalls" is often veiled by mists and even though it's a tourist hotspot, there are plenty of places left to explore. This is of course a composite of two images.
Temple of Time
~ An early wintery coat in the final hours of darksness at Tre Cime last September.
~ Come early September, the heathers are usually in full bloom. Here I've waited for the moon to rise over the hill to get some mystical light on those beautiful magenta flowers. Posbank, Veluwezoom (the Netherlands).
Imprisoned in the Stars
~ With all the exploration of other worlds currently going on, both inside our solar system and out among truly vast distances, I can't help but wonder if some of the brightest minds of our time feel trapped on our planet. If so, that feeling will only be alleviated temporarily once we do set foot on another world in the not too distant future. It's a feeling we take with us no matter where we set foot. Humans are therefor forever imprisoned in the stars.
Tree of Existence
Milky Way rising over a lonely tree in the Netherlands
~ Whispy clouds made it fun to try and average them out in post, but alas - that didn't work out as expected. On the flipside, the clouds do add a sense of airiness and warmth (due to them reflecting light pollution).
There's no way you could catch this amount of light in a single image at this point in time without also enhancing noise. This is a composite of two sets of images. The foreground is shot at f/6.3, 180 seconds and at ISO 640. The Milky Way was shot 2 minutes earlier, at the same place, facing the same direction and at nearly identical settings (only f/3.2). The main difference is that this set was shot using 9 exposures, captured with a star tracker and was stacked through complex astrophotography methods to minimize the effect of light pollution while maximizing detail in the Milky Way.
I do plan on recording the proces behind this when the cloudcover is more co-operative. Hope you like this one.
Light my Way
~ In all my photography career I've lived closely to the beach and never once did I think to capture the Milky Way here. Now that I have this wonderful device from Fornax Mounts, I can do 4 minutes of exposure time at ISO 800, giving nice and smooth night skies. This is past weekend at 2:30 in the morning. Astronomical twilight.
~ ISS passing overhead while a man (me) sits and ponders if our destiny lies out there, somewhere else in the Milky Way.
The Silent Astronomer
~ Guy pointing out the constellation of Orion.
I'm reviewing the STC Astro-Multispectra clip-in filter at the moment. And so far my findings are quite positive. The only light pollution it does not seem to handle well is when it's reflected on clouds. So the distant orange bulge is an incoming set of clouds in the south.
Night is the New Day
Autumnal Milky Way over 'Schoorlse Duinen', Netherlands. The orange on the cloud is reflected light pullution emanating from Alkmaar.
The night started perfectly clear, with great seeing. During the small hours though, high level clouds started to make an appearance. For this image, I thought a band of clouds would add to the composition, so I waited for a slither of clouds to come down from the top of the image, and cross the Milky Way to form a nice orange versus blue colour contrast. 'Night is the New Day' was captured in 'de Schoorlse Duinen', the Netherlands.
~ Six minutes past 1 AM. It's getting colder by the minute now. Batteries start to drain and high level clouds make an appearance. I have a couple of good images that I can work with on the card already, although I'm not done yet. There's a technique I would like to try and have nothing to lose. I get asked questions a lot about photographing the Milky Way; why it isn't looking orange in the center for example. The autumnal Milky Way looks very different to the vernal Milky Way. That has everything to do with your position on Earth, Earth's position in the solar system and the solar system's position in the galaxy, the Milky Way.
'Transcendent' was captured in 'de Schoorlse Duinen', the Netherlands.
Expanse of the Night
~ Autumnal Milky Way near Den Helder, the Netherlands. The glow from the left is light pollution emanating from Julianadorp, a twon nearby.
From Here to Andromeda
The Andromeda galaxy, shining through a magenta aurora. Texel, the Netherlands.
Just Add Earth
~ The International Space Station (ISS) passing over the dunes in Den Helder, the Netherlands.
Autumnal Milky Way over 'Schoorlse Duinen', Netherlands. The glow from the left is Alkmaar's light pollution.
Start of a Journey
~ When they're not flaring off gas, Lasuwersmeer is one of the darkest places in the Netherlands.
This self-portrait was composed with a diagonal fisheye lens. The astro review of this lens is on its way!
The International Dark Sky Association is currently looking over the application. If it does get approved, Lauwersmeer will be the second Dark Sky Park in the Netherlands and the first one on the mainland.
That Magical Night
~ Ürbachtal, near Inertkirchen, Swiss Alps. It was futile; expecting and planning to photograph the Milky Way in this valley. The Milky Way season wouldn't begin for another month and due to the lack of darkness in summer, it wouldn't be visible for two. But going camping in the mountains; you have got to plan this around new moon.
Milky Way season or not. A spectacular, dry and clear evening followed by that magical night: Imagine a group of friends in the wild, camping under the stars. Fond memories of this one! This is also the night in which we were rudely awakened by avalanches along the mountains you see here in the background.
The Anthropocentric Orrery
~ Captured under the stars of Den Helder, the Netherlands.
The Dark Rift
~ Lone pine tree under the Milky Way in September. Den Helder, the Netherlands.
'VegaRise' was captured on the banks of the IJsselmeer, near Robbenoordbos, the Netherlands.
Where the Lost Souls Hide
Autumnal Milky Way over 'Schoorlse Duinen', Netherlands. The glow from the left is Alkmaar's light pollution. The light on the hill in the background was created by placing a dim headlamp behind the dune on the left. Combined with the light pollution, it created an ethereal presence. That made me come up with a title for the image. I really think that working titles for photography help to waymark the shoot and post-processing.
Under the Weeping Moon
"Under the weeping moon" - Total lunar eclipse sequence over the 'Schoorlse Duinen', the Netherlands.
The tallest moutain in Iceland is the icecapped Hvannadalshnúkur. At 2110 m high, this summit is part of Öræfajökull volcano and can be seen from the famed Diamond Beach near the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón. This stunning, zigzagging aurora flame occured during an intense geomagnetic storm.
~ Northern Lights over "Diamond Beach", Jökulsárlón, Iceland. Staying after sunset near the icebergs of that famous glacier lake in Iceland paid off. Personally, I love the reflections of green in the ice and foreground, which, together with the structure in the aurora, makes this image one of my personal favourites to date.