The Laugavegur Hike in Iceland through the interior surely has to be one of the great hikes in the world though it is listed on very few "top 10" hike lists on the internet. The 55km walk takes the hiker through lava fields, grassy plains, geothermal areas, black ash deserts before finally finishing at Thorsmork, one of the few locations in Iceland where there are trees! This spot was taken from the Emstrur region on an afternoon where dust and volcanic ash were being stirred spectacularly by the winds. To the left of this frame lies the now (in)famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano whose eruption stopped air traffic in April 2010. This was the 3rd night of 4 on the hike and energy levels were peetering out quite quickly but such scenery could not NOT be photographed!
This image was taken just at sunset at the beautiful loch in Coire Lagan in the south of Skye. We stayed two nights at Glenbrittle SYHA. This walk starts from the nearby Glenbrittle house and takes about two hours to get to the loch. Once there, very steep stone scree slopes head up on both sides. On the right hand side of this image is the so-called great stone chute and at its peak, Sgurr Alasdair of the Black Cuillins. I had actually scrambled 3/4 of the way up when I realised that the sun was shimmering across me so instead of heading up, I skidded down the slopes back down to the lake to take this shot. It was one of those occasions where 10mm was not wide enough as the mountains were almost vertically above us here.
Marianne and I have been travelling scotland for the last week or so. Our travels took us recently to the town of Ratagan which is a great area to explore the 5 sisters of kintail. This view was taken from the summit of Sgurr na Ciste-Diubhe. The view is of Ratagan at loch Duich below with the next 2 sisters along the ridge line in view. The clouds were flying in at our eye level which makes for a disorienting experience of motion.
More specifically, this location is called Hvestudalur, one of our favourite locations in Iceland (which is saying something considering how much I love the country!). We stayed the night previously in the Bildudalur youth hostel which is located on the south of the West Fjords. We had scouted the area the previous night in poor light and arose at 5am for the dawn. After some incredible shooting into the sunrise, the clouds blew in and rained. We thought it was the end of our shoot but as we both turned around from different locations in the area, we saw this rainbow seemingly beaming up into the dark clouds above.
I have no words to describe the feeling of being under, behind or level with this waterfall in southern Iceland. Even though this was our second trip to Iceland , we actually stopped by here a few times (as we were heading to and from Jokulsarlon and earlier when we were heading to the Westman Islands). There is a muddy path leading higher than the usual vantage point which I climbed to get this shot. Sady, no blue sky images for this trip at Seljalandsfoss. The "Kata" rain cover worked very well and the cameras survived this time without damage. Image was taken with 7D + Sigma 10-20, 2 stop hard and 3 stop soft GNDs and plenty of wiping!
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 .
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.
Kirkjufell is one of 'the' landmarks in Iceland that photographers rightfully flock to. It is a conical shaped mountain on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the far west of the country. The nearest town of Grundarfjordur is a beautiful town set in a bay. A few kilometres away lies this mountain with a beautiful small waterfall nearby that tends to dominate compositions of images taken with this mountain. The weather was not kind to us on both of our visits to the area, however, on the last evening in the area, the skies cleared beautifully to provide us the opportunity for this image.
This image is taken as deep as you can wander into the Annapurna Mountains without having to technically climb. It is located at the so called Annapurna Sanctuary which takes 5-7 days of hiking and plenty of climbing and descents. In the Sanctuary, you stand dwarfed by mountains at least 7000m surrounding you. Simply a humbling experience. There is a small village here simply called Annapurna Base Camp though nowadays, there aren't actually too many climbers. The ice wall is the Annapurna South Glacier. At the time, we had dramatic weather with mists blowing up the valley and across the mountain tops.
The title of this image refers to the novels by Kim Stanley Robinson regarding the colonisation of Mars. I'd imagine that if it ever occurred, it may at some point, look like this. This area of Iceland can only be reached by 4X4 (Safely anyway) during the summer months. It is one of the most remarkable areas I have ever seen. Amid the raging winds on the day we were there, the passing clouds let through shafts of light which would illuminate the mountains and light up the greenery. Not a tree in sight in this geothermal wasteland.