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.
With the aim of shooting some Scottish Landscapes in dynamic weather I started my trip to Great Britain in mid-November and traveled for about 5 weeks trough the country. My journey took me from the south coast of England via Northumberland to Scotland. In Scotland I traveled from the Isle of Skye to Caithness, Torridon and Assynt. As expected the weather conditions were very contrary (snow, sun, storm, rain). The exposed position at the Atlantic Ocean is responsible for the unpredictable weather in western Scotland. Often it’s possible to experience several seasons within one day. Although it often wasn’t very easy to keep my camera dry, I was rewarded with a variety of spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
In the second part of my UK-series 2013, I present the images of the Isle of Skye. The fascinating hills and the impressive coastline are typical for the Scottish landscape. The weather was as expected at the end of November – very rough. During my ten-day stay there was no day without rain and storm. But in the rare minutes when the sun showed the landscape turned into a fairy tale world and I was spectacular rewarded for the long rainy waiting times. I'll upload them here on DA during the next days. English descriptions and more shoots will follow soon!
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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