Photos of Northern Lights and volcanic craters are mesmerizing on their own. Photographer Sigurður (Siggi) William managed to capture them together and created a stunning photo of Aurora Borealis reflected on the water surface of a volcanic crater. We asked Siggi to share with us how he made this fantastic shot, and he shared the details with DIYP.
The photo was taken at the edge of the Kerið volcanic crater lake in Iceland, where Sigurður camped. It has been his passion for quite some time to photograph the landscapes of Iceland along with chasing the Northern Lights, and this is one of many his amazing photos. Here’s how he took it:
It´s a very wide angle shot that is stitched together from 13 separate images, all shot at 16mm with a Canon 16-35mm Mark III lens on a Canon 5D Mark IV body.
Settings for each shot: Aperture: f/2.8, ISO 3200, 10 sec exposure.
The photos were imported into Lightroom where he made some global adjustments. Then he exported them as TIFF and stitched together in AutoPano Giga. After this, he did some final adjustments again in Lightroom, Nic ColorEffx, and Exposure X.
I loved this photo the moment I first saw it. There are plenty of photos on Northern Lights, so it’s hard to be unique. But in my opinion, Siggi definitely did it with this shot. And I thank him for sharing the details with us.
About the Artist
Sigurður William is a photographer and a certified tour operator living in Island. He has won many awards for his work as a photographer, both locally and internationally, especially for his Aurora Borealis photos. He has also written a book Capturing the Northern Lights. For more of his work, visit his website, like his Facebook page and follow him on Flickr.
As a tour guide, Sigurður is certified by the Icelandic Tourist Board. He runs Arctic Shots, a company specializing in photo tours around Iceland. If you’d like to know more, check out their website and like their Facebook page.