While waiting for the car’s coolant leak fix, we’re limited to exploring areas closer to Reykjavík. But there are a couple of interesting places in the Reykjanes peninsula, so there’s no time wasted. One of my favorites is the area surrounding the Reykjanesviti lighthouse.
It was 10 years ago that I photographed Eldey island (the 70m bare rock that’s the home of the largest gannet colony in the North Atlantic). At that time I experimented with infrared, so I tried long exposures now.
Taken with the 5DS R and Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 plus the LEE Big Stopper and another 3-stop ND stacked. The exposure time was 10 minutes. To my surprise, these exposures ended up quite noisy until I turned on long-exposure noise reduction (dark frame subtraction) in the camera. The auto setting doesn’t seem to work.
This dual ND setup needs a bit of edge sealing. As usual, gaffer tape to the rescue… My favorite tape now is the microGAFFER, which occupies only minimal space.
You may wonder why I used the good old cable release instead of Kuuvik Capture. Well, it’s pretty hard to do that with the USB cable left on your desk at home…