The beach near the Jolulsarlon lagoon is where the icebergs that break off the Vatnajökull glacier eventually end up. The drift from the lagoon out in the the sea, where they are washed back up onto the black volcanic beaches in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
After a 10 hour drive from south eastern Iceland through rain, snow, hail and sunshine, we finally arrived at Godafoss in the north. Sitting down to a well earned dinner, I saw that we were going to have a great sunset above the falls, so I ran the 10 minutes from the hotel to set up my tripod and camera. It was a beautiful evening, and surprisingly I had the spot to myself. The only problem was the spray, but it was easy enough to shoot 2 second exposures.
My favourite location in Umbria, most of the photos I've submitted from the area were taken from down on that the plain you can see at the bottom of the shot here. A record shot really, there was no focal point to build the composition around, but a view that really left an impression on me nonetheless.
For this shot I woke at 5am, drove the 40km from our hotel, up the side of the mountain to the village of Castelluccio which is about 2000m above sea level. I parked the car and then had to hike from the plain up the side of the mountain to get this view before the sunrise. I was hoping for the entire plain to be filled with mist, but sadly the conditions never materialized. However, it was a wonderful morning watching clouds drift down the valley and swirl around the Sibillini peaks.
This is a series of 4 horizontal images stitched together.
The oft - photographed River Etive in front of the Stob Dearg peak of Buachaille Etive Mor, the gateway to Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands.
I got up at dawn on consecutive days to try and get this at sunrise, but on both days just got torrential rain and low cloud, so in the end, this is yet another shot from Scotland taken in mid afternoon light, and the only day I had in Glen Coe when the sun managed to break through the cloud at some point.
It's a lovely location though, almost impossible to not photograph it, and for this I was standing in my wellingtons in a little run off of the main river, with the tripod perched on a rock in front of me. The previous week had seen the whole valley covered in snow, and then the temperatures rose, the rain came and all the snow on the peaks started to rush down the mountains in fast streams and rivulets, flooding the rivers below. At sunrise, the noise of water rushing off the mountains was incredible, and many of the streams burst their banks.
This is a blend of two exposures. One of three seconds for the water, and another of a minute for the clouds
Taken at Glen Coe, Scotland Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8 Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Lee 0.6 (3 stop) hard NDG | Hoya ND400 3 secs & f9.5 and 60 secs @ f22
Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Blend and resize for web PS CS3
It's just nice to be out taking photos again after so long....
At the weekends, I have a tendency to be lazy...look out the window and think "Hmm, could be a good sunset tonight" but get bogged down by the little things that I need to do at home, and discouraged by the drive through a busy Lisbon, then out on the motorway to get anywhere to shoot.
When I go away on trips, it's different, but back at home in the city....the inspiration just isn't the same.
But yesterday I was determined to go out and do some shooting. Blue skies interspersed with rain showers made me think we'd have a good sunset, and I texted Hugo ~arqhugo to ask him if he wanted to meet up.
Despite having the flu, he dragged himself out and we met up on the west coast near Guincho, on the coast where I first started shooting waterscapes. He showed me this location, one I'd been interested in shooting for a while, and looking at the sky, we both thought it was going to be interesting. In a perfect world the tide would have been half a meter higher, but considering we were protected from the worst of the spray and wind, and the sunset turned into one of the nicest I've ever seen in Portugal, I guess I can't really complain.
My shot has a cooler cast because I was using the Lee Big Stopper x10ND filter. It's a lovely filter, but it does have a really blue cast. I corrected this using some advice I got from *KirlianCamera Basically, in Capture NX2, I reset the white balance to Daylight-Shade, and then used Pro Contrast in Nik Color Efex Pro - the best plug in I have ever seen. It's still a little blue, but I've decided to leave it like this to offer a contrast to the other, much warmer shots I'll upload from the same session.
Thanks to Hugo for coming along, it was great to finally get out shooting together, more than a year after we first made plans to do so, and also good to meet ~PauloALopes Looking forward to seeing what he produced from the same sunset.
Taken at Cabo Raso, Guincho, Portugal Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8 Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead Singh Ray 4 Stop Reverse ND Grad | Lee x10 Big Stopper ND 60 secs | f8 | ISO400 | 17mm