Northern Lights

Uploaded: November 19, 2013 12:38:56


Taken north of Reykjavik, Iceland on November 7, 2013, at approximately 11pm.

To see the Northern Lights dance is an unforgettable, lifetime experience!

30sec exposure at f/4.5, ISO 400, 24mm on 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.

Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 30/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: NIKON D600


Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 31, 2013

AMAZING capture and to see this live must be such a wonderful sight, Tim. CONGRATZ and good luck!!

UB. #1557802

Tim Poitevin December 31, 2013

Thanks so much, Usman! It was an amazing event to see in person, for sure. I did virtually no editing to this photo (save for some contrast adjustments), which goes to show the natural beauty that is Iceland.

Furthermore, despite the 30-sec exposure, there are virtually no star trails. In Seattle, where I live, you can only take an 8-sec exposure before you get trails. However, because Iceland is so close to the Arctic Circle, and therefore True North, you can get away with 30-sec exposures with minimal star trails -- something I had not anticipated but turned out to be a happy coincidence.

Whether I win or not, I hope this inspires people to visit Iceland, see the Northern Lights in all their beauty, and take in the wonder that is Mother Nature. #10933221

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 01, 2014

CONGRATZ on striking First Place Gold, Tim. Goes to show that the Judges have approved your suggestion for us to go and visit this wonderful place!!!

UB. #10933325

Liz blahh January 01, 2014

Woo-Hoo...Congratulations on your GOLD! #10933341

Michelle Alton January 01, 2014

Unquestionably the most dramatic and luscious photo of the Aurora that I have ever seen. Kudos and major congratulations on the first place winner! #10933489

Dennis Behm January 01, 2014

Congratulations, Tim! #10933533

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 01, 2014

Beautiful and dramatic - that tiny glimpse of Reykjavik is genius. Congratulations on the first place win. #10933894

Martha R. Mazon level-classic January 01, 2014

Wow! Fantastic! #10934033

Ellen Hodges January 01, 2014

Huge congrats on a fabulous winner!! #10934737

Robert R. Grove January 01, 2014

Congratulations on first place , and have a happy new year , must have been a sight to see this amazing light , I like the stars here as they are too .

Graeme yew Chow January 02, 2014

Fantastic winner ! deserved. #10935670

Katherine Kuhn January 03, 2014

Spectacular image & awesome 1st place! Looks like a green tornado! #10936202

Angie M. Davis January 03, 2014

Wow!!! Congratulations on this amazing winner!! #10936324

Rosemary Sampson level-classic January 06, 2014

Wonderful photo! I am going to Iceland in March. Hope to see this! #10939228

Tim Poitevin January 08, 2014

Thank you all so much for your kind comments and congratulations. I've always wanted to win a BetterPhoto contest, and consider myself very lucky to have come out on top when the competition is always so very tough.

If you ever get to see the Northern Lights (or Iceland), don't hesitate for a second! #10940174

Merna L. Nobile January 14, 2014

I recently opened my e-mail and found an announcement from Better Photo that the month of November award winners were basking in the glory of finding their name beside their beautiful entry. CONGRATULATIONS!

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

Discussions by Category: You can view photo discussions on various themes in the Community > Photo Discussions section of the site.

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your next online photography class. All Time Best Photo Contest Winner Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner

Copyright for this photo belongs solely to Tim Poitevin.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.