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Waterfalls

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One Of The Many Waterfalls Iceland Has To Offer

Iceland is a magical land with so much beauty, that as a photographer it’s hard not to take fantastic images.  There are mountains, valleys, seascapes, glaciers, icebergs and the list goes on.  What I like is waterfalls.  There are hundreds and they are a lot of fun to photograph.  There are waterfalls that will astound in you size and the amount of water flowing over them.  This waterfall is one I found driving around Iceland and I stop by it each and every time I’m there.  I have done panos here, had rain, snow and blue sky.  This image is one I like because it has what I call the Iceland Sky.  Gray and foreboding.  I shot this at a 10th of a second and with a Phase One 28mm lens.  Had to go to real low ISO as well as F/22 to get a slow enough shutter to blur the water.  Because of the curved element of the lens I couldn’t use a ND filter. I have shot this at longer shutter speeds where the water really blurs and higher where it is frozen.  This shutter speed is just right.

I am running a workshop in Iceland next June going places other photo workshops don’t go.  If you want a real treat and some incredible images join us.  I’ll be doing this workshop with Daniel Bergmann my friend and one of the best landscape photographers I know.  Check it out at The Rockhopper Workshops Page.

 


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Stairway

Iceland, Hilton Hotel Stairway

Iceland, Hilton Hotel Stairway

This is a stairway shooting down from the top floor at the Iceland Hilton Hotel.  There is something that just works with the perspective and shadows.  Takes a minute to figure out.  SSHot with Olympus OMD and 14-54 zoom.


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The Black Church

The Black Church, Iceland.  Made with a six image stitch and IQ180

The Black Church, Iceland. Made with a six image stitch and IQ180

This is a famous church in Iceland.  Just about every photographer visiting Iceland has photographed this church.  So, I try to find something a little bit different.  This was made form a six image stitch using  long lens.  Phase One IQ180.


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Lava Falls – Iceland

Hravnfossor Lava Falls - Iceland, 2013

Hravnfossor Lava Falls – Iceland, 2013

Iceland is an amazing place to photograph.  On my last trip to Iceland in March of 2013 I did a lot of large landscape images and much of it was black and white and stitched images making large panos.  These were made with a Phase One IQ180 so I had 80 megapixel images to work with.  The detail is amazing in these images.  I call the images immersive imaging.  What this means at least in my way of thinking is that when I make big print they draw a viewer in.  Many times I hang these large 4×9 foot images and watch as someone starts looking at it from 10 feet away.  Then something catches their eye and the next thing you know they are a foot away from the images discovering detail like they haven’t seen before in a photograph.


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Iceland GeoThermals

Geothermal Field, Iceland at Sunset

Geothermal Field, Iceland at Sunset

This is an image made deeper into the Icelandic countryside after a climb up a hill. This is a geothermal field where steam just bubbles out of the ground. You can find these all over Iceland. This image doesn’t give a hint on how bad it smells. A very heavy sulfa smell. Es it looks nice against a sunset. Made with a Phase One P65+.


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Fast waters In Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceberg Rapids, Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceberg Rapids, Iceland

I have always loved this image. A few years ago I was in Iceland and scouting out locations with Daniel Bergman. We traveled to all sorts of cool places and covered a lot of ground. However as usual a number r of my best images came from Jokulsarlon. This is a giant lagoon where glaciers all meet these in turn have ice that brakEs off otherwise known as calving. The light that night was so good. The day really never ended.  We had like a three hour sunset that merged into a sunrise. There is a point where these icebergs flow out of the lagoon and to the ocean. The ocean then deposits them on the beach which is another great spot for excellent images. The lagoon got clogged at the point where these icebergs flow out and they created a dam of sorts. Water backed up and then ran over these form their own sets of rapids. I got right up to the spot with a wide angle lens on my Phase One and managed to get these shots. This is one of my favorite.


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Iceland Again

Jokulsarlon Bay, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Bay, Iceland

I can’t get enough of Iceland and especially a spot known as the iceberg lagoon Jokulsarlon.  This is one of the most visited areas in Iceland not to mention photographed, so finding unique images is hard. I have found a few though and this is one. I places the ice at the top of the images and let the water and a chunk of black ice carry your eye to the horizon.

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