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.
This was one of the last shots of a beautiful evening just outside Grundarfjordur when the weather finally began to clear. The previous 2 days had been washed out with solid rain. I used manual blending of 4 exposures and a photomatix produced image in this one. In coming weeks, I hope to present a video on Iceland flicking through every picture I took there in 2010 case people were curious!
Sometimes, when you drive out in hope of a good dawn in the darkness, you just get lucky. This morning was one of those days when grey skies lit up for a few minutes including a very truncated rainbow in the distance. On a cold wet winter morning, I had this place all to myself to appreciate and it reminded me that no matter how many times you visit the same spot , it is never the same! It probably takes some imagination to see a dragon churning the waters but I think I can see one
As the dead sea slowly declines, the back-and-forth motion of its waves coats everything in an icy-white layer of salt. I've found everything from a salt-enveloped sandal to white tree-trunks, long lost since the times when the water level was higher. This morning was truly amazing. The clouds were so heavy I didn't even have to use filters. This image, the first of a series, was shot with just a bare lens and a tripod.
Here is a picture from my last trip to Iceland... these are huge blocks of ice on the Jokulsarlon beach... These blocks come from the widest glacier in Europe : Vatnajokull. We had a strange light this morning, there was high clouds in the sky, creating a solar halo around the sun. I used a B&W nd400 filter for this picture (thanks Alex ). This filter gives a strong warm balance to the colors that I wouldn't totally correct... The sky was more gray in reality, but I think these colors suits quite well the scene.
Canon EOS 5D mkII - EF 17-40f4L - B&W nd400 filter - Lee nd Grad - tripod
Not one of my most recent photos. To be honest I haven't shot any seascapes in months. I miss it so much!! Anyway, Choas on the Mid North Coast, NSW Australia, as an afternoon storm hits the beautiful Hungry Head, Urunga.
The waves were pounding the shoreline, so heavy and in huge sets. You can't even seen the distant horizon in this one, the spray from the waves quickly evaporating into humid summer air.
Coastline enveloped by sea spray during the golden hour, after an afternoon shower.
Golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour) is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. Typically the lighting is more diffused because the sun is near the horizon, so the sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing its intensity.
Lofoten....one of the most spectacular places on earth...a 2 hour drive from where i live...and i`ve never been there with a camera! It`s embarrasing, i know... So a couple of weeks ago it was time to do something about it!
Tony & the cool gang was already out there and had been for several days. I just had one single day available. I met up with my good friend Håkon and after 5 cups of coffee we were ready to meet the britts in the capitol of Lofoten, Svolvær. We had a quick chat in the cabin where they showed us some übercool shots taken on the plane a few days earlier.
After a quick visit to Henningsvær, a spectacular village, we headed out to Utakleiv Beach. This beach is the number one spot for surfers in Lofoten. I read somewhere that it was named the 2nd most beautiful beach in the world. Only beaten by some beach on Hawaii. It was a great place for sure, but 2nd most beautiful in the whole wide world? No i dont think so...
When i got out of the car at Utakleiv i`m sure the look on my face must have been amusing to the britts. I just couldnt stop smiling. The reason? Huge waves! At least i thought they were huge. The britts just laughed and started telling stories about the waves in Cornwall and stuff...Well anyway, in my world these waves were enormous
As soon as everyone had their gear out and started setting up, i realized that i must have looked like a bloody fool. Everyone had these big bad tripods while i was standing there with my tiny Benro. Equipmentwise i was in another league. I`ve never been a technerd, in fact i`m not really that interested in the technical side of photography as long as i get the shots i`m after. Now at the end of the day, when me and Joe stood together on the rocks, i felt like i didnt have the equipment to get the shots i wanted. We stood side by side shooting the same scene. On his briliant big-ass 5dMkII screen i could see that his shots was mindblowing. On my tiny classic (thx Hamish) 5d screen...my shots looked like a truckload of shit. When i got home i was glad to see that my shots werent that bad after all.
Back to Utakleiv...i`m not used to waveaction. So after 5 minutes i had a close encounter with a big wave. I got soaked... I think hamish got a shot of me falling over...i hope he did, cause it must have looked damn funny.
I wasnt happy with anything from that first session. When sunset was approaching we headed over to the next beach, Haukland Beach. This beach is much calmer than Utakleiv. The waves were a lot smaller and the sand..damn that sand was nice. In my opinion a much more beautiful beach than Utakleiv.
Now lets talk about Joe. He decided to walk from Utakleiv to Haukland. That walk includes climbing over a mountainpass. A steep and dangerous mountainpass. And he didnt have a cellphone. I was convinced he wouldnt make it over until darkness so i was more or less prepared for a rescuemission. Luckily the crazy bastard showed up in time. If he hadnt i would have climbed up the mountain, killed the dude and stolen his 5dmkII.
Back to Haukland. I stood there, once again looking like a complete amateur next to Tony, Gary & Håkon. I saw a potential comp and like the true amateur i am, i asked Tony if i could borrow his equipment. Just the Lee Big Stopper, nothing more. oh..and the filterholder...and the adaptorring. (i had mine in the car...)I set up my comp and was ready for a really long exposure. Then i had to borrow his remote...Thx Tony
Ofcourse i have to mention that Tony is evil. He`s a devil in disguise. He looks so nice and polite. But at one point he came over to me with a smile on his face saying he had to show me the shot that just had given him 10 000£. And while i`m looking amazed at his awardwinning shot, he knocks my tripod over. The result; a crushed polarizer. Nah..he`s such a great guy. I deserved getting a crushed polarizer. The wind knocked my babytripod over...
So this is it. My first trip to Lofoten... I love those peaks out there, rising up straight from the sea. Spectacular place indeed. I have several others that i will share little by little.
I shot this on one of the last evenings in may. One of the most productive and and fascinating sessions i`ve ever had. Heavy clouds came rolling in just before midnight...the best clouds in the history of young Heitmann...They may look cartoonish, but it was one of those nights where you really need to see it with your own eyes to believe it...
I found this small crack and went down and dirty to get the comp i was after. This was one of the first shots of the evening. It`s about half an hour to midnight and the sun still needs some time to dip under the clouds. An hour later it was just over the horizon lighting up the clouds in the most amazing way.
Still...this ended up as one of my favourites of the evening.