Guiding Light

Aurora rays split the clouds above Godafoss Falls, Iceland, on April 14, 2022 at 11:47 pm.

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Godafoss Falls, Iceland
Nikon D850 with 14mm
1s, ƒ/2.0, ISO 2000


The “Guiding Light” Experience

Delicate yet powerful aurora rays boldly shoot the gap between clouds over Godafoss Falls in northern Iceland on April 14, 2022 at 11:47 pm. The bright, nearly full moon was backlighting the clouds and competing for light space here, but these auroras would not be denied!

Leading up to this moment, a strong wind was blowing waterfall mist everywhere while I strolled up the trail to the falls. As I got closer, I did a test shot and thought wow, look at those cool wings of clouds… and is that an aurora glow in-between? I picked up my pace, and when I saw a spike develop, I broke into an all-out sprint until my lungs burned to get in position for this composition. Boom, at 11:47 pm this shot “Guiding Light” went into the game bag. This is why I was here, to chase my dream of photographing auroras over Iceland’s amazing waterfalls, so I was ecstatic! It truly was a dream come true.

Todd Salat

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Godafoss Falls, Iceland
Nikon D850 with 14mm
1s, ƒ/2.0, ISO 2000



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