Aurora hunter: me, photographer: me, model: me, cost: $0
Never shot long exposures before, so please excuse the amateur quality.
16 September 2018, Garður Lighthouse, Iceland. 📍
>>Long story ‘cut short’ alert<<
•Months of research I carried out to arrive to this moment, completed everything I was looking for.
•From the Blue Lagoon that evening, we were supposed to hang around the airport for our flight out the following morning. But I asked my husband for one favour if he would stick around in my quest for the northern lights on our final night in Iceland because the conditions were perfect for the lights to appear; but he gave me his condition: that I should be the one driving that night.
•One final quick research (forum, met dept website, KP index, camera settings etc) and I drove us to Garður Lighthouse just in time for the show to start at 10:30pm. •The coastal wind was strong that night, it was freezing 6°C. Planted the mini tripod on the car, and started timing long exposures on my ancient Nikon dslr until I couldn’t feel my fingers.
•My husband said I deserve some credits for the effort, the best part was I did not subscribe to any northern lights tour (I almost desperately wanted to - I saved him ISK10,940 ie about USD100), I hunted it myself. My first aurora borealis.
“Verily, with hardship there is relief” (94:6).
إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا