Weather and Light
It must be said that the forecast for yesterday’s adventure was not very good. According to the forecast we could expect quite some wind, rain / sleet / snow showers and temperatures just around freezing point. We set out around 8:00 AM and the plan was to be at Dyrhólaey to shoot the surf coming in after the storms we have had here the last couple of days. It all started with a minor snow storm on the mountain track of Hellisheiði, zero visibilty and a lot of talk about the adventure ahead.
After a quick pit stop at Hvolsvöllur we drove out of the snow showers and into the light. And what a light. It was impossible to drive by as the sun was breaking it’s way through the clouds, casting beautiful light on the landscape. We made three extra stops on our way to Dyrhólaey. And it was good that we did because most of the time we were there, we had strong wind and clouds. With ND filters, small apertures and a lot of patience the group managed to get some great seascape shots.
But this kind of weather sure adds to drama and creates great chances for great shots. A good reminder that great landscape photography never comes easy.
Skógafoss & Seljalandsfoss
Our next stop was Skógafoss. The time we spent there was great. The light was constantly changing, giving us many chances for various shots. It was great to see how many photographers were by the waterfall, all looking for the best angle, calculating their exposures and chatting about filters, gear and tripods. My time as a guide mostly goes into assisting my clients, but I did manage to get this shot af the group, being busy working on their shot.
It was also quite busy by Seljalandsfoss, but the group had a great time looking for compositions, practicing their exposure techniques etc. Great times.
Northern Lights Hunt
After dinner we head out to look for the Northern Lights. After I had given out some instructions about camera settings we found a location near Reykjavik. We were pretty excited since cloud cover forecasts had been good. But to my disappointment clouds covered most of the sky most of the time. We did get some lights on our
memory cards, without properly seeing them with the naked eye. But it was a great practice in night time photography. I admit that I am a spoilt little brat when it comes to aurora photography, and the group was happy with the results.
All in all a great day out with great people, and once again I feel happy to have the privilege of sharing my country’s inspiring, epic and dramatic landscape.
Here are bigger versions of the shots I managed to snap: