Icelandic Lava Cave and Northern Lights Captured Together in Breathtaking Composition


How far would you go to capture a beautiful photograph? Would you spend almost an entire night inside a dark, freezing cold, kilometer-long lava cave in Iceland? Because that’s what photographer Ingólfur Bjargmundsson had to do to capture this stunning composite of the aurora through a cave’s skylight.

The image is a combination of four photographs Bjargmundsson spent most of the night setting up and capturing. Using strobes to light the cave, he shot three photos of the cave itself and one of the aurora through the cave’s skylight.

When combined, you get the photo above: a juxtaposition of above and below, safety and risk, groundedness and dreams.

(via APOD)

Image credits: Photograph by Ingólfur Bjargmundsson and used with permission

  • Jason Yuen

    Anyone who has taken photos of the night sky in a light unpolluted sky knows how unnerving spending hours in a pitch black nature far from towns and cities can be. My first time taking proper night sky photographs was in Canada’s Banff national park. There is the constant uneasy feeling of hearing something that could be a harmless deer, or a dangerous bear. Great photo.

  • Ondrej Vranka

    On a very top of a mountain – let’s say around 2km above see level, you hear nothing at midnight. Like N O T H I N G. That’s scary… and yes, thats a geat shot and a lot of effort!

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