Jokulsarlon lies in Iceland's South East - some 380km away from the capital Reykjavik. It is easily accessable by the ring road and is definitely worth spending several days there as the weather conditions change giving a whole variety of different possiblities for photography. This particular evening was clear and there were icebergs floating close to shore or already ashore. I fished this one out of the water for this image. Image was taken with a 3 stop soft and 2 stop hard GND (slight cast in the sky which I have left in). People have often commented on previous photographs about the reflection being brighter than the sky ; that is the intention with this image and several others I took while on the trip last year.
Most of the best shots from the evening shoot at Jokulsarlon one month ago was on the beach where icebergs were left stranded rather than at the lagoon itself. This one was taken well after sunset with lingering colours. We had realised our mistake by staying at the lagoon shooting into the sun too long when things were fantastic here at the beach.
I went shooting with Orvar that weekend and his version is here : [link] If you like Iceland - check out his photostream for inspiration as it certainly helped fuel my desire to travel directly across the world to this beautiful country
Godafoss in the north of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a photographic trip. Marianne and I were very fortunate to encounter this waterfall with the prevailing wind blowing back into the falls which allowed us the rare freedom of shooting without spray interfering. I shot this one with an ND500 and found out that later, Marianne took a vertical shot of the same scene .
In the far North West of Yunnan province lies the Kawakarpo Mountain range which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet. It also goes by the name of Kawagebo, Meilixueshan just to confuse matters. One of the reasons for its fame is that every clear dawn, the tips of the mountains catch the dawn light in breath taking fashion. This mountain, Miancimu is 700m shorter than Kawakarpo but probably more attractive to photograph. I took this shot about 200m down from the tourist platform where the view was just as good and free. -5 degrees outside made for alot of pushups and squats to keep warm while waiting. The image is 2 shots stitched in photoshop.
Part of our travels took us past this place in North Iceland on the Vatsnes Peninsula. We stayed over night at the youth hostel Osar so that we could have a dawn and dusk shoot of this location. Sadly the weather didnt fully cooperate with us but dawn did give a glimmer of light for about 10 minutes. Incidentally I happened to meet a contact from flickr travelling around iceland as well! The world is such a small place !
An image from another trip with Marianne for a dawn seascape session. Our objective was to shoot for an upcoming competition held by the state government. No exposure blending allowed in this comp so I took this image with a stop reverse GND and 3 stop soft GND stacked on the 7D . Amazing how the same spot continues to provide different scenes on any different day.
My wife and I have finally finished our trip in Iceland. On our last morning there, we had to drive back to Reykjavik and so, we planned this shoot on our way back from the farm Hali since we had been in the area for 2 days already. When we woke, it was thick mist all around and we were resigning ourselves to a long drive . However, 5 minutes from the lagoon, the mist lifted for this sight! Vatnajokull icecap being lit by the rising sun opposite and the mist clearing. We couldn't decide which side of the lagoon to go but marianne chose the better (see her image marianne~lim) location than mine.
I think I've found myself another new favourite location along the coast of the Fleurieu peninsula. I've not seen anyone save for a few fishermen along the beaches in the morning down here and it's only accessable by dirt road. Dawn this morning blazed away for 10 minutes gave scenes like this right next to the images of blowing sands I posted last week. I wonder what Port Willunga would have looked like this morning too.