The Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica, is a wonderful little animal. For some reason the puffin has become a symbol for the blooming tourism in Iceland. Visiting a puffin colony is of course always a treat. Here is a couple of images I have shot on various occasions.
Látrabjarg is the Westernmost part of Europe and home of thousands of seabirds, I was fortunate enough to get to travel there in June, 2014, with a group of photographers. We spent two evenings there from around 2100 till over midnight. As the sun went lower on the sky, the light became very directional and cast a wonderful, warm light on the birds. By having the birds back lit, the light would shine through the birds’s beak and give it this glowing haze.I then used a very weak flash to fill in the shadows, because there is a huge contrast between the black back and the white front of the bird. Too big for the camera’s dynamic range.
I posted a similiar photo from this day to National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot, and it got picked by one of the editors as the Daily Dozen, a selection of photos that people then vote and the one with the most votes is picked as Photo of the Day. I was really honoured when I learned that my photo was chosen for the Daily Dozen, and also to see that it got the highest vote.
Next Saturday I will be attending a #yourshot meeting and photowalk downtown Reykjavik, and I am really looking forward to that.