This photographer captured a dragon in the Northern Lights sky over Iceland

Feb 27, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This photographer captured a dragon in the Northern Lights sky over Iceland

Feb 27, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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We just posted yesterday about the incredible sights that nature can present us with when Ted Chin showed us his photographs of the Firefall at Yosemite National Park. Things like that, though, you can plan for. You’re never guaranteed to see it as well as Ted did, but you have a reasonable idea of when it’s going to appear.

This, though, is something completely random, that you can never plan for, or even consider getting in your wildest dreams. Photographer Jingyi Zhang was in Iceland earlier this month and they actually managed to photograph the appearance of a dragon in the Northern Lights display over Iceland.

Sure, there are ways to predict where and when you have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, but to have it come out as perfectly as this?

This truly is a once in a lifetime shot. And it’s particularly surprising as NASA reports that no sunspots have appeared on the Sun up until this point in February, which makes the auroral activity somewhat rare.

DIYP Spoke with Jingyi, who tells us the image was shot in Iceland earlier this month using a Canon 5D Mark IV with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lens. And even with the lens almost wide open at f/2.0, and a rather high ISO12800, it still took two whole seconds to expose the shot. And as for that figure standing on the ground? That’s the photographer’s mother who ran out to see what was going on in the sky with her own eyes.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Have you noticed that the dragon looks a little familiar, though? Don’t recognise it? How about now?

It looks to me like Jingyi certainly got a flawless victory with this photo!

Photograph copyright Jingyi Zhang and used with permission.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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