Iceland is a land of beauty in so many ways. One of the special things is the horses in Iceland. They are unique to Iceland and they are just plain cool. They are sturdy little horses that can put up with the harshest weather. Their tales and mains are long and flowing. You see horses all over Iceland and if you stop and visit with them, they will come right up to you and show signs of affection, especially if you have an apple or carrot in your pocket.
You cannot import any horses into Iceland. If you export an Iceland horse that is fine, but that horse and/or offspring will not be allowed back into Iceland. They are doing their best to keep the breed pure.
This is an image at the bottom of one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. I have been to this location dozens of times. I have photographed from every angle. Because it is so big as a photographer, I usually try to get the whole waterfall in. I do my blurry time exposures. I get it with morning and sunset light. I go behind the waterfall and get low and sometimes climb the hill to get a high short. But, am I seeing it all.
In the last few years I have been putting on my 100-400mm Sony lens and now looking for the picture in the picture. In this case, there was something beautiful going on, as the waterfall would turn into a mist and gently land on the tricks at the bottom of the fall. There was a whole other landscape taking place here. The delicate moss, the miniature waterfalls flowing through this moss, and amazing detail you could never see unless you looked at it through a long lens.
So, next time you are out, look at the big landscape and then start looking for the smaller landscape inside the shot. Picture in a picture. I have a 24×24 inch print of this hanging in my hallway. It always stops people as they explore all the detail. Print it out.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I shut myself in my office, asked Siri to play some classic rock and I started to explore my old files and refine them using the new tools in Capture One 22. I started with Iceland in 2010. I did two trips to Iceland in 2010 and, as always came back with way too many keepers. Iceland is magic and a photographer’s paradise. It serves as therapy for many of us as in surrounds us with its ever-changing beauty.
These two images are a good example of the specialness that this land gives us. The one image was taken at sunset – dawn. I was there at a time where it never gets dark. The sun goes down and in 15 minutes it’s coming back up. As it dips below the horizon, the warm and sometimes odd light reflects onto the clouds and, in this case, the water of the Iceberg Lagoon. (please don’t ask me to spell the name. ). The second shot was made in the Highlands and once again nature and light played a big part in obtaining an incredible image of this canyon with waterfalls and a river that flows out to the horizon.
Happy New Year. It is time to forget 2020 and move forward with optimism, hope and especially love. Like many of you 2020 is a year I hope I never have to repeat it’s a year like we never could have imagined. All I know now is that I want to move forward, travel again and look through the viewfinder and take more pictures than I ever have before.
I wish all of you a great year moving forward and that we can all find a way to come together again, put differences aside, and realize that we are best when were united I am looking and seeing the love that is around us.
Iceland is where photographers go when they die. It’s a beautiful landscape and light never stops giving. Sunsets and sunrises are special every day. as a photographer, you don’t get much sleep in Iceland because there is so much to see. This sunset with the moon was made one evening after a hike up a mountain. The whispy clouds, sunset color, and moon make it simply work.
Everyone knows about how beautiful Iceland is. If there is a god then this is the place on earth where all the art school graduates display their work. Almost anyplace you int your camera you will find incredible photo opportunities. I have traveling to Iceland since 2005 and I have still so much to see and discover.
One place that yields new winning images every time I visit is the iceberg beach. This is a beach not too far from a giant glacier. The icebergs calving off the glacier float out to sea and then low tide washes them on the beach. This usually produces under the right conditions hundreds of small icebergs. It’s heaven for photographers. These two images I produced in a couple of hours there. The background also lends to great images and as you can see in these, what I call the Arctic Yellow shines though along with such beautiful clouds.
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Iceland is a magical and special place for me. I stared visiting Iceland in 2004 before it was even on an instagram or tourist radar. Now the country thrives on the tourism income but is has made the place very crowded. There are still magical places to visit and I know a lot of them. This os one of those. It was amde after a short climb and then waitig for the light. The whispy clouds, sunset and moon rise all made a speacial shot.
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I have been Iceland dozens of times. It’s an amazing country and has a lot of great places to photograph. After a while everyone that visits takes the same pictures of the same things, This church is no exception. I have photogrphed this chuch a lot but on this day I had low hanging clouds and lots of birds flying over it. Thus, I was lucky to get an image that is somehwat a differnt view. Shot with a long lens from a low angle. It’s a peaceful image.
Dettifoss in Iceland. The amount of water flowing over this falls is incredible. Where does it all come from? Shot on our summer workshop in Iceland. This waterfall offers numerous different angles to shoot from. You can get right up to the edge too. Pretty cool experience to visit this location.
I love Puffins. Puffins are incredible little birds with a big attitude. These birds are usually found in the arctic regions and I have photographed them in Iceknd and Svalbard. They are known for diving off of cliffs, catching krill and returning to their burrows where they feed their young. These birds can fly like no other bird. they have a unique sound and they are just plain cool. If you get to Iceland you should definately make viewing puffins high on your list.