Fossahola February 19, 2014 |
This is a waterfall off the beaten path called Fossahola. I haven't been able to find any other photos or information online about it. This was one of the nicer things about having a tour guide who is familiar with the area and was able to come up with places nearby when the lighting was just right.
Fossahola, a hidden gem only known by our tour guide, Tony. Can you spot the other photogs from my tour in this photo?
This image was actually quite challenging to produce. Since I was shooting straight into the sun, I had to blend together multiple exposures to minimize over-exposed highlights and under-exposed shadows. While it didn't come out perfectly I think what I made out of this shot is pretty cool. This is Iceland's famous Ice Beach.
Another shot of Jokulsarlon famous black sand ice beach right after sunrise.
Icelandic Horse February 12, 2014 |
My photography tour of Iceland would not have been complete without capturing the native horse. Taking a break from the majestic landscapes made for a great change of pace on our last day of the tour. These guys were super friendly and loved having their heads scratched. I was sitting down shooting up at one point, and one of these guys started chewing on my foot. I think he was just trying to get my attention for a much needed head scratch.
The famous Icelandic horse.
Vik Zoomed February 11, 2014 |
If I had to describe my style of photography, perhaps the most distinguishing aspect would be my preference for wide angles. Over time I have wondered why I prefer images zoomed out so much. Is it more representative of how the human eye sees things? Perhaps it's just easier to make compositions with everything in front of you. Anyways, this is a rare shot at a tight angle, 122mm in this case.
A zoomed in look at some rock formations off of the coast of Vik, Iceland.
Skogafoss Approves February 10, 2014 |
This is a shot from a point about 2/3 up Skogafoss, one of Iceland's biggest foss (that means falls in Icelandic). There is a ladder leading up to this point with what seems to be a warning signs picturing a stick figuring falling backwards off of the waterfall. "Be Careful" I guess...
A shot from about 2/3 up Skogafoss.
Skogafoss February 08, 2014 |
This is Skogafoss, the second stop on our photography tour. The drop is 200 feet.
Skogafoss, a waterfall with a 200 ft. drop.
This is Dyrholaey, one of the most interesting stops we made along Iceland's southern coast. The place is equally beautiful and unnerving. In addition to its massive heights and steep cliffs, the wind was roaring at an incredible place when we arrived adding to the overall bone-chilling experience on this cliff. Tony, our guide, mentioned that it was very common in Iceland to experience entirely different climates when travelling even a short distance.
Dyrholaey lighthouse located on Iceland's southern shore.
Vesturhorn February 06, 2014 |
This was another one of my favorite stops on our photography tour of southern Iceland. This is Mount Vesturhorn which is not only a fascinating mountain range in and of itself, but it is surrounded by a black sand beach covered with hills on which grow straw plants.
In any other country this might seem like a strange occurrence but Iceland possesses so many unique landscapes that encountering a place like this is par for the course.
Mount Vesturhorn, Iceland. This black sand beach with hills covered in straw makes for a great foreground to the massive mountain range.
Ice Beach Fisheye February 05, 2014 |
This is the famous ice beach near Jokulsarlon. This place is so unique and photogenic that we stopped here for two precious sunrises. Even without the perfect light that we had on our visits here, this place is extremely photogenic.
The ice beach is truly one of a kind and is actually a recent phenomenon. As the nearby glacier melts, icebergs break off of the glacier and flow into a channel that feeds into the ocean. Many of these icebergs, some as big as cars, are carried onto shore by the tide forming a black sand beach covered in ice. When people ask about my trip I often describe this phenomenon as I think it defines the type of diverse landscapes that Iceland has.
The Jokulsarlon black sand ice beach formed by icebergs breaking off of a nearby glacier then being carried to shore by the ocean tide.
As we were driving through Iceland we saw a mileage sign for the town of Vik, to which I made the comment, "finally an Icelandic name that I can pronounce, 'v-i-k'". To which the tour guide goes, "it's 'v-e-e-k'".
Vik, Iceland. A quaint fishing town a couple hours southeast of Reykjavik.