How does a huge geomagnetic storm (Kp6 – G2) look like?

This week was very good for catching the northern lights here in Iceland, not only of geomagnetic storm (huge activity of the aurora borealis) but also because the weather was really good, with clear skies and very little wind.

Those pictures were taken on 01.03.2017 and I think the northern lights were the strongest this year so far. Let’s hope, that in the remaining time, before the nights will stay bright, we get a chance to see more of them.

We were lucky on Wednesday, clear skies and very good visibility. Also we arrived at Grótta Lighthouse in a very good time, just before the northern lights become very active. They were around Kp4 and then suddenly the night was turned to a day, northern lights illuminating the ground and just dancing all over the place. It happened so suddenly, that I did not have the chance to adjust the camera settings properly and that caused that the pictures are a little bit overexposed but due to that they show really good how a huge geomagnetic storm (Kp6 – G2) looks like.

The shape of the lights just disappeared the same way it appeared, very suddenly. Leaving behind just like a cloud cover but made of northern lights, pulsating and behaving like waves.

More than a couple of my pictures was also published by Iceland Magazine and can be found here: Photos of the magnificent aurora caused by yesterday's geomagnetic storm.

Geomagnetic storm (Kp6 – G2)

Northern Lights dancing at Grótta Lighthouse

Reykjavik and live music events

One topic on my “to do” lists is to get more into band photography. And Reykjavik opens a lot possibilities to get into that.

Every weekend there are lots and lots live music going on the in multiply bars and venues. Small bands, big bands, new comer bands. You name it. Lots and lots of bands are playing weekly in the city center.

To keep track of that is also very easy, a few groups on Facebook and the official ticket reseller page like tix.is

Next event that is coming up, just for example, that I am very interested in, is the Nirvana Tribute Band that will be playing in Hard Rock Café.

For the small events and bands, nobody will make any comment about your big and bulky DSLR that you bring with you. Grab your camera, go out and snap so many pictures as you want.

I use the opportunity not only to enjoy the concert but also brush up a few photography skills, as the light is different from venue to venue, finding out the proper combination of lens and camera settings, with each concert you will get more experience and you will get faster in finding those proper settings for every venue, every light situation and every band.

Yesterday I went to the concert of Röskun. A small band that just released a new album Á brúninni. It is also available on Spotify. I really like them.

Armed with some ear plugs (to protect my ears) and my camera with two different lenses, I went to the concert to check Röskun live and snap some pictures.

I try to snap a few pictures, try to learn something new and if the results are good enough, I upload it to the cloud and share it with the band so they can use it on their social media or other things. It’s a win win  for everybody, the band gets some pictures and I get to enjoy their music and learn something new about band photography.

 

Röskun presenting their new album at Hard Rock Café

Fast drummer with slow shutter speed