Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another brilliant image

 Cave with Aurora Skylight
Image Credit & Copyright: Ingólfur Bjargmundsson

 Have you ever seen aurora from a cave? To capture this fascinating juxtaposition between below and above, astrophotographer Bjargmundsson spent much of a night alone in the kilometer-long Raufarhólshellir lava cave in Iceland during late March. There, he took separate images of three parts of the cave using a strobe for illumination. He also took a deep image of the sky to capture faint aurora, and digitally combined the four images later. The 4600-year old lava tube has several skylights under which stone rubble and snow have accumulated. Oh -- the person standing on each mound -- it's the artist.

Now I'm lucky to point the camera and get one good image and I doubt I'd have the patience to do what Ingolfur has done. Thanks to Astronomy photograph of the Day.


River said...

That is truly amazing photographic work. Way out of my league for sure.

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my. Oh my oh my.

JahTeh said...

River, climbing down into that cavern would be way out of my league. What we need is a virtual reality theatre so we could visit without leaving our comfy seats.

EC, just your ideal holiday, freezing and snow.