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Cold & Still
Cold & Still

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: Kleifarvatn, Iceland
Date: Oct 23, 2010
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 60 sec
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2010

Finally I got to test my new Nikon 14-24mm lens. Yes, its a Nikon on my Canon 5D MKII. I have been unpleased with the results from my Canon 16-35mm f2.8 when shooting Aurora at large aperture. It is simple not sharp enough outside of the center frame. But I am very pleased with the results from the Nikon, it is simply much better than any of the Canon wide angles even the fixed focal length ones. Being able to shoot sharp images at f2.8 means that I dont have to crank up the ISO as high as I would on my old 16-35mm. The extra 2mm of the Nikon is also helpful when shooting Aurora.

I was also experimenting with a new technique when exposing Aurora shots, the so called Magic Cloth technique. Usually when I shoot landscapes I use GND filters to help bringing out details in the foreground. Doing this with Aurora shots would mean I would have to squeeze the ISO much higher up, I tried that with mixed results.
For this shot I covered the upper half of the image for half the exposure. The upper half is exposed for 30 seconds (the max for Aurora shots) but the foreground is exposed for 60 seconds. It worked brilliantly. No reduced image quality due to high ISO or poor quality resin infront of my glass.
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11/12/2010 06:23:56 PM
So sorry about the DQ of this beautiful image. I have learned quite a lot from your Photographer's Comments. Thank you for sharing all that information. You may not have a virtual ribbon, but you do have a wonderful real photograph. Congratulations.
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11/11/2010 04:49:24 AM
Jahhá, á ég að leyfa þér að prufa D700 aftaná hana?
Til hamingju annars með 3. sætið m. flottri mynd !
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11/10/2010 08:31:32 PM
Incredibly beautiful image and very creatively captured. Does the Nikkor lens auto focus work on the Canon?
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11/10/2010 09:19:12 AM
Beautiful shot, well done. I must make it to Iceland one of these days. A group of us keep meaning to, so maybe this is the inspiration we need.

When is the best time of year for catching the aurora?
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11/09/2010 06:30:30 PM
One of these days I need to make it to Iceland. Great work.
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11/09/2010 10:56:39 AM
Til hamingju með borðann! Glæsileg mynd !
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11/09/2010 10:29:17 AM
beautiful exposure
huge congrats on this awesome image and the ribbon!!!
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11/08/2010 07:51:42 PM
Til hamingju með borðann!
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11/08/2010 06:35:29 PM
Stunning and wonderfully sharp and detailed.
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11/08/2010 02:30:42 PM
Spectacular image. Congrats on your Freestudy Ribbon.
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11/08/2010 01:36:18 PM
Congrats on your ribbon Örvar Atli !!
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11/08/2010 12:57:55 PM
Hi Örvar,

Stunning image. I am blown away by its sharpness and clarity. You say that you shot this at f/2.8. The image looks sharp all the way from the foreground to the background. Did you expose for the mountains and the foreground at a much higher f number like f/16 or so and combined multiple images together or was the whole scene exposed at f/2.8 once? I know this is shot at wide angle but still at f/2.8, it looks crazy sharp throughout. Another question ... did you have to use an adapter to fit the Nikon lens to your 5D Mark II? If so, what is it? Well done, blue in my book and should have scored in the high 7's or even into 8's. I guess a lot of people may have thought that they have seen too much of the Aurora, however that doesn't take anything away from the greatness of this image. Wish you much success with your new lens.
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11/08/2010 04:44:20 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, a wonderful image, indeed I was fortunate enough to see this displayed on the wall of a shop in Reykjavik so it has even more sentiment for me. Thank you also for the write up about the technique (fascinating and informative) but also using the Nikon lens on a Canon 5D, I just hadn't even thought about this but I will certainly consider it myself. Thanbks again and well done.
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11/08/2010 04:39:49 AM
Til hamingju, Örvar Atli. Brilliant shot.
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11/08/2010 03:44:29 AM
Mjög flott mynd til hamingju!
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11/08/2010 01:13:57 AM
Amazing shot , gonna try your magic tip out!
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11/08/2010 01:06:30 AM
Brilliant! an amazing captuer...when are you moving across to Nikon?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2010 08:27:33 PM
so beautiful and well done. great capture
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11/07/2010 02:05:09 PM
Incredible! I can never see enought of this scene. The light and stars are amazing. Nothing short of a 10!
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11/07/2010 11:47:10 AM
one of these days I want to see this...
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11/06/2010 03:04:14 AM
very well caught. nice job with the lights.
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11/04/2010 10:51:10 PM
Man , how do you get these amazing shots, probably have something to do with where you live, it really helps, none the less, well done. possibly a ribbon. 10
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11/04/2010 09:57:03 PM
So sharp. So stunning. One of my two 10s.
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11/02/2010 05:04:31 AM
Lovely exposure, composition and reflections, great image
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11/01/2010 01:56:10 PM
Glæsileg mynd og Vinnslan gjörsamlega til fyrirmyndar!!!!
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