Eldey Blue Hour

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.

Eldey Blue Hour

Eldey Blue Hour

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.

Dual ND edge sealing

Dual ND edge sealing

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…

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