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Capturing the Northern Lights from a Window Seat at 35,000ft

On New Year’s Eve, you might think the people in Times Square were treated to the best light show… but you’d be wrong. Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg, enjoying a full row of seats on his flight from JFK to Reykjavik, Iceland, was treated to a more spectacular show.

New Year’s Eve might be the only night of the year you could dream of having a row of airline seats to yourself on a flight to Iceland, and Nirenberg took full advantage of his luck.

Using the abundance of space, he slapped his Nikon D810 and 20mm f/1.8 lens on to a tripod and rigged it to the window with a blanket for maximum visibility and minimum glare. Here’s a picture of his setup, busy shooting a time-lapse at 35,000ft.

The final product is a tad shaky at times, but stunning all the way through. If you’re not requesting—nay, requiring—the window seat every time you fly at night, you’re missing out. Check out the full video up top and then give Nirenberg a follow on Instagram to see the photos he captured once he landed in Iceland.

Image credits: Photo and video by Aryeh Nirenberg and used with permission.

This 4K Aerial Timelapse Inspires Fresh Awe of Iceland’s Epic Landscape

Iceland’s spectacular landscape is the subject of many a photo project, majestic engagement shoot, and epic timelapse. So how did Evosia Studios manage to create something that stands out and inspires fresh awe for this beautiful country? They took to the skies…

Ethereal is Eviosa Studios’ aerial ode to the Icelanding highlands, in 4K of course. Every frame of this beautiful creation is a RAW photo captured from above by the DJI Inspire 1 drone and stitched together later in LRTimelapse. The final product was then edited in 4K60 in Premiere Pro before making it to your computer screen and into your wanderlustiest dreams.

Eviosa Studios creator Henry Jun Wah Lee says he chose timelapse to accelerate the footage “just enough” that you can see things the naked eye typically misses, without seeming frantic, but this choice posed some challenges. “It took a lot of patience to shoot and edit this,” he tells TCP. “The biggest challenge was that any flaws in movement get magnified in timelapse.”

It’s no small feat to overcome this challenge, but Lee did it, and created an incredible aerial tour in the process. Watch it for yourself up top, and then head over to the Eviosa Studios website to see more of Lee’s impressive work.

(via The Creators Project)

Syrp’s New ‘Super Dark’ Variable ND Filter Blocks 5 – 10 Stops of Light


Gear company Syrp is best known for their timelapse motion controllers—like the Genie and Slingshot—but the company’s latest release won’t move your camera. In fact, we suggest you keep your camera very still when using it.

The newest product from Syrp is the Super Dark Variable ND Filter, which offers an impressive 5 to 10 stops of light reduction without suffering from some of the common issues Variable NDs are known for. You can get a feel for this filter and what it can do in the video below:

The Syrp Super Dark is made from high quality Japanese glass with a HD coating, and promises top-notch quality for landscapers who want to capture long exposures even in bright sunlight. To give you an idea of the potential, at its 10-stop upper limit it turns 1/250th of a second into 4 full seconds of exposure.

Beyond the stopping power, the Super Dark’s most stand out feature is the hard stops at both ends of the filter’s range. Whether you’re shooting at 5 or 10 stops, the filter won’t let you turn past that to limit the “X-Pattern” effect this can cause.

The Syrp team wanted to show photographers that this filter is the real deal, so they sent a team to Iceland for 9 non-stop days of dramatic landscape photography with the new Super Dark. Here are a few of the images they came back with:







The filter, which is already available for pre-order, comes in 67mm and 82mm sizes, each with two step up rings included just in case you need to attach it to a smaller lens. The 67mm version costs $170, the 82mm version costs $210, and both are scheduled to ship December 15th.

To learn more about these filters or get your order in, head over to the Syrp website by clicking here.

Image credits: All photos provided by Syrp and used with permission.

Photos: Dazzling Auroras Light Up the Sky Over Iceland


The Northern Lights have been lighting up the sky over Iceland these past few days, and stunning photos of the auroras have been lighting up the Internet.

The photograph above was captured by Dominic Smith, video producer for the Boston Globe.

“It was a particularly strong aurora,” Smith tells PetaPixel. “Watching it dance around was breath taking, and I really don’t think the photos do it justice.”

The photo was an 8-second exposure at ISO 2000, shot using a Sony a7R II and an adapted Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens.

“To the naked eye it was less bright and the green wasn’t as vivid, and for some reason the camera rendered the greens extra saturated,” Smith says. “I didn’t play with these in Lightroom at all because I’m still traveling and didn’t pack a laptop.”

Photographer Herbert Herbertsson captured a wonderful shot of the aurora glowing over a car:


Herbertsson traveled off-road with his brother up a mountain at Viðfjörður, setting up his Sony NEX-6 camera and his Rokinon 12mm f/2 lens at the top.

“The sky literally exploded,” Herbertsson tells PetaPixel. “I took as many pictures as I could and tried to move the tripod about the area to capture as much of the sky as possible.”

With his lens’ focus set at infinity, Herbertsson shot the above image with a 5-second exposure at ISO 400 at f/2.

The aurora display was so brilliant that streetlights across Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, were switched off for an hour starting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday so that residents could have a better view with less light pollution. Photos of the view there soon began appearing on Instagram:

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We’re entering some of the best times of the year to get good glimpses of aurora activity, so if Northern and/or Southern Lights are on your bucket list of things to photograph, you might want to think about booking tickets to countries near the Earth’s poles soon.

My Photography Pilgrimage to the Iconic DC-3 Wreck in Iceland


I think it’s safe to say that the cat is out of the bag, the secret’s been blown… there’s a DC-3 plane wreck in Iceland.

It’s become almost a rite of passage, a pilgrimage of sorts to visit this location; even Justin Bieber can be seen skateboarding on top of it in a recent music video. And I wasn’t leaving Iceland without seeing it and taking many, many photos.

I embarked on the journey with good friend and fellow photographer Richard Lofthouse. We knew where it was—five minutes on Google will provide you with accurate information and the exact location—but it seems things have recently changed regarding access. You could previously drive right up to the wreck if you had a suitable vehicle, but understandably, locals have become annoyed with this and the access road is now barricaded.

The location is also now sign posted. This means it is now popular. Very popular.

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It also means you have to walk, in our case through sand and snow. It’s 4km so it will take an hour, and don’t forget you’ll have to get back. It’s not a very interesting walk, but just remember the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

After convincing yourself you must have missed it because you haven’t seen any people (or anything) in a while, it will loom into sight as you reach the crest of one of the dunes. I have to admit, I got pretty excited. I’ve wanted to visit this plane for years, and finally, here we were.


This feeling of excitement was followed shortly by shock and horror: there were other people already there. Yes, Im being a brat, but I wanted the place to myself, to feel like the first person to have found this remarkable plane wreck. We just had to deal with it.

Despite this, it’s still one of the most impressive places I’ve visited, and even with other people around there is an atmosphere and eeriness about the place. I guess you could say it was “haunting,” very cliché I know.


A bit of history. On Saturday November 24th, 1973, this United States Navy Douglas DC-3 was forced to crash land on this stretch of beach in Solheimasandur.

It is thought the plane ran out of fuel after the pilot switched to the wrong tank. Amazingly, all the crew survived and were rescued, but the plane was left, and so it has stood for the past 43 years. It is thought that local farmers removed the wings and interior items to sell, leaving this core open to the Icelandic elements for all these years—a diamond in the rough for photographers and travelers alike.


We stayed and photographed for some time, the fresh snowfall adding a nice touch to the images. People arrived in dribs and drabs, but it was quiet. People were admiring the find, and being respectful of it.

I’ve read many posts about people who have not been, and that is a real shame.


I really hope that people respect the land and the wreck, and that it remains accessible to all that are willing to make the journey. It would be a shame for it to become a paid attraction, and I’ve already read about tour companies charging 50 Euros per person for trips out there.

I’ll leave you with a couple more images of the wreck. If you make the pilgrimage yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.




About the author: Mark Cornick is a self-taught, award-winning photographer based in South West London. You can find more of his work and words on his website, or by following him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This article was also published here.