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Another image of Kirkjufell, but this time from the night before. The magic in this one was a total stroke of luck, combined with bloody minded will. It was all about the composition, which I had to find in torch light on the shores of a nearby frozen lake. It took 25minutes to find the strongest composition I could before embarking on the technical complexities of capture.

Its a focus stack of five images, in other words its 5x30sec exposures at f2.8 on a 24mm f1.4II, using the remarkable Canon 1Dx set to ISO3200. On the very first exposure, focused at infinity, I was absolutely astonished as a bright Geminid meteorite streaked right through the sky, in EXACTLY the right place. Had this happened after I had moved the focal plane to the second image in the sequence, the stars and meteorite would have been out of focus (which is similar to my luck with previous attempts)

Then, after checking I wasn't seeing things and the shooting star was sharp, it was simply a case of moving the focal plane five times, getting the foreground sharp in the last image. The image was the processed in Lightroom, balancing across the 5 images and then stacked in Photoshop. This creates an impossible result; the appearance of huge depth of field similar to an f16 image, seamlessly assembled over the five.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It became my first 'cover' of Spaceweather today http://spaceweather.com/ which is something I have been trying to achieve for a while now.

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