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.
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 .
Kopasker was the northernmost part of our trip to Iceland - falling less than 1 degree latitude south of the arctic circle. We used it as a base to explore the nearby national park.
5 minute's drive south of Kopasker lies this very sheltered body of water which was dead still during our visit this year. The water itself was beautiful but I went exploring to find something more interesting as a subject. Fortunately, I stumbled across this old boat sitting behind a cove. I ended up taking many compositions of this boat and I think this is one of favourites.
St Helens is the major centre nearest to the Bay of Fires Conservation area in Tasmania's Northeast. A few minutes out of town on the way to Binalong Bay (the southernmost part of the Bay of Fires), the waters of Moulting Bay were still for each of the dawns we were in the area. An old wonky jetty still stands there and is home to the many gulls in the area. It was a peaceful morning which started grey but suddenly lit for a glorious 5-10 minutes.
This location is in the Northwest of Iceland - the Vatsnes Peninsula which is a short detour off the main ring road. There is a hostelling international hostel located very near to this location whose owner seems bemused that people like to photograph this rock. We stayed overnight in the Osar youth hostel which gave us one sunrise and one sunset only. There was no blazing sky but murky overcast skies instead. By sheer coincidence, I bumped into a flick contact (Jordan Lye) here and we photographed Hvitserkur together in the morning.
Legend has it that this volcanic rock once once a nocturnal troll who was caught by the rising sun and turned to stone. Given how slow the Icelandic sun rises and sets, I have to presume it must have been a slow troll destined to extinction !
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.
Jokulsarlon in Iceland's southeast is surely one of the must not miss locations in a country of superlative natural wonder. Most people visit the lagoon but I found it just as interesting on the beach where fragments of icebergs are washed up on the black sand. The wonderful thing about icelandic summers is how long the poost-sunset light goes on for. We thought we were too late after shooting at the lagoon but stayed here until just before dark. The movement is visible in the more distant icebergs still in the sea
On the North west cost of Tasmania, the coast faces the roaring forties of the southern ocean to the west and the dunes of the Tarkine coast inland. The rugged land came to life on this particular evening when a blue sky day met with fast moving cloud. One of the most striking sunsets I've seen.
This is a link to a video made of stills and HD video taken on our recent trip: Tasmanian Adventure
Facebook Gallery: (more of the tassie trip found there in low res) Tasmania Gallery
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
The Bay of Fires area in Northeast Tasmania has remarkable coastal rock with lichen glowing orange just above the water line. Binalong Bay is the town at the southernmost end of the Bay with enough rocks there to keep photographers busy for days! There just isn't too much to do during the day but we went walking in the nearby mountains before settling and dawn and dusk for the rocks themselves.