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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
I have been to Iceland many times and it is one the best places in the world for a landscape photographer to visit. Just about everywhere you look there is incredible scenes begging to be photographed. I was with my friend and Iceland guide Daniel Bergman when we were leaving one such place. This is the result of stopping and taking that one last shot.
One of the major attraction in Iceland is Gullfoss which is a large really cool waterfall. Typically when I travel and photograph in Iceland I like to go where others don’t go or at least try to see the place and image differently. well Gullfoos is no different. Buses of tourist show up here and most of the time we avoid this place like the plague. But, we had sometime and decided to at least stop and admire this cool place. I decided to try and shoot it differently . I used my Olympus OMD5 and did a series of bracketed exposures and then worked them in post processing. I ended up with a different kind of prehistoric gritty look. Works for me.
Staying with my style from this trip to Iceland I am staying with BW images. This was shot with a 55mm lens on a Phase One DF+ with an IQ260 digital back. I converted it to BW in post processing.
This image was made on another cold and windy evening. The sky was so dramatic. The surf was crashing all around us. I waited and then took a long exposure of the scene to blur our and smooth the water. The shot in color was just to blue and grey from the mist and no light. So I converted it to black and white and it worked great. Shot with a Phase One IQ260 and 55mm lens 40 seconds.
It has been an overcast week in Iceland. So, I have spent a lot of time working my images into black and white. Here is a shot made on a beach that is full of icebergs A very special and surreal place. I wanted to show the surf and iceberg. In color it just didn’t have any real definition. But after I turned it into BW I was able to play with the image until I got the shot above. I shot this with a Phase One IQ260 and a 240mm lens.
Another incredible day. I seem to be coming away each day on this trip to Iceland with at least one keeper a day. Remember I am trying to shoot different. This is a nine image stitched shot done with a Phase One IQ260 and a 55mm LS lens. Converted to BW in Silver eFex 2. Shot in Stokksnes, Iceland