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Amazing Northern Lights Display on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula

Martin Sammtleben, 3. October 2013

After the recent solar eruption on 30 September we were eagerly awaiting its effects in the following nights. We got lucky on the night of 2 October: after driving around for a while to find a clear spot in the night sky, the aurora suddenly sprang into action.

It was a spectacular display, the best for us so far this autumn. The peak lasted for about 20 minutes! Images were taken with various cameras at 800–1600 ISO and exposures ranging from 5 to 30 seconds.

This was also the first time we used a Sony NEX-6 for photographing the aurora. This tiny mirrorless camera managed to produce some amazing images. If you don’t want to carry around a big DSLR, the NEX-6 is an excellent alternative.