Part I – Preparing for Aurora Borealis – Iceland

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Tuesday 4 September 2018, 4:28pm

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis had been on my “MUST” visit List for years and – Thank God – this year, it became a reality.

Last November, I came across a public announcement on Instagram about a Night Photography workshop in Iceland by Babak Tafreshi, a well-known National Geographic night photographer. What caught my attention was the workshop being offered to both “novices” and professionals. I was not a photographer nor did I own a camera! My camera was my Iphone. But somehow, I knew this was a once in a life time opportunity, one I could not pass up!!!

In hindsight, the photo workshop and my visit to Iceland was everything I could have ever wished and hoped for!!! The trip exceeded my expectations. Babak was the best photo instructor one could have asked for. He was not only humble and kind but also a very patient and helpful a professional as well.

The first three nights of our arrival we were Blessed witnessing the magnificence of Aurora Borealis. I thought of how it gave credence to “The heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19: 1

Glad I took Babak’s advise and recommendations for what shooting equipment to bring as today, I have some beautiful, self-made photos of the Northern Lights. So, every dollar I’ve put into it has been well worth it.

March is winter season in Iceland and living in Southern California weather meant having to buy winter garments and boots. For night time shooting, we were recommended layering for temperatures below zero degrees. I also checked videos on You tube on how to dress for Iceland. It paid off as everything I brought along, kept me comfortably warm throughout the trip.

Packing for Iceland March 2018

I set up a photo album on Iceland and posted in the Gallery. In the next couple of days I’ll add descriptions next to the photos and in Iceland part II – I will write about the Icelandic people, its culture and landscape.