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IM: First a little background. How long have you been taking photos, and what is your day job? Hard to believe that photography is not your profession.
CR: But you should, because photography just came into my life a few years ago to replace another passion that was archery. Professionally, I work in the IT area of an insurance company.
IM: Where do you live?
CR: I live in Lisbon, Portugal. The land of sunshine and warm beaches.
IM: What kind of equipment do you use?
CR: Currently I’m using a Nikon D800, various lenses of the same brand, and plenty of neutral density filters from Lee and/or Formatt/Hitech.
IM: Have you traveled the world to take pictures?
CR: With purely photographic purposes, Iceland was my first trip. With my family or work-related, I have visited other European and African countries, but photography was always conditioned and sacrificed for the sake of the primary objective of the trip.
IM: What's your favorite subject?
CR: Natural and humanized landscapes/seascapes.
IM: Was this your first trip to Iceland?
CR: Yes, it was my first visit but I hope to repeat it very soon.
IM: What brought you here?
CR: The beauty, the tranquility and mysticism of your landscape and country.
IM: Have you shot the northern lights before?
CR: No, it was my baptism.
IM: How did you feel when you captured this fantastic picture of the lights, the mountains, and the small white country church?
CR: Truly blessed! It was my first night under open sky in Iceland and to witness a show of light and color of this size, I can only say that I was a lucky guy.
IM: How long was the exposure?
CR: The photograph is a blend of two exposures. The Aurora was captured with f 2.8, ISO 6400, at 2.5 seconds of exposure. For the background, I reduced the ISO to 1600 and increased the exposure time to 90 seconds.
IM: Where did you go while on the island?
CR: The number of days of the visit was short so the option was the Southwest/Golden Circle.
IM: Any favorite part of the country?
CR: I’m a bit limited to choose a favorite part because I could only visit the South region and Iceland is full of natural beauty. But, I would say that one rainbow over Skógafoss waterfall or one sunset in Jökulsárlón beach are shows that should not be missed for anything in this world.
IM: Will you return?
CR: YES, YES, YES!!!!!!
IM: Where to next?
CR: Explore Reykjavík , the North and the East.
You can see more of Carlos’ work at www.cresendephotography.com
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