Back in April and May of 2017 (last year as I write now) I wrote about my experiences researching the two new 100mp offerings from Phase One and Hasselblad, the Phase One XF camera with IQ3-100 digital back and the Hasselblad H6D-100… and how I chose which one to buy to upgrade from my ageing Hasselblad H4D-60. To summarise the results of that research, I chose the the Phase One XF and IQ3-100, for details of the process you can read about it HERE>>
Just one day later and my 12 day Ultimate Iceland Highlands Photo Tour for 2017 is fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list, or express an interest for future tours send me an email email@example.com
I have just one spot remaining for my 12 day Ultimate Iceland Highlands Photo Tour for 2017. If you have been sitting on the fence thinking about coming along, sit no longer, there is only one place left. The tour begins and ends in Reykjavik Iceland, and is fully comprehensive with no hidden extras. Dates for Iceland are August 26th – September 7th 2017, which follows on directly from my 8 dayGreenland Sailing adventure. Click the link above to see all the details.
Greenland Sailing Photo Adventure.
I still have a couple of places on my 8 day Greenland Sailing Photo Adventure, and the best thing is that you can do both the Iceland Tour and the Greenland tour together. You even get a discount for going on both. My Greenland sailing tour also leaves from Reykjavik in Iceland, where we have a charter flight to East Greenland to board our ship, the beautiful Donna Wood, a lovingly restored 100 year old Schooner. We spend 8 days sailing around in the incredible Scoresby Sound, the biggest Fjord system in the world, seeing and photographing some of the most spectacular landscape on Earth before flying back to Reykjavik in Iceland again just in time to begin the 12 Ultimate Iceland Highlands tour. Scoresby Sound in East Greenland is very calm, so seasickness is not an issue. We fly to Greenland, so there are no open ocean crossing to be made by boat and we maximise our time in Scoresby Sound. Click the link above to see all the details.
Another image from the Southern Highlands of Iceland with a tiny person in the landscape. This one is very tiny, but wearing a bright red jacket, once you notice it the sheer scale of the landscape snaps into perspective. This image translates better into a substantial sized print where the person is a little more visible, but thats a little hard to show on the internet.
Iceland Highlands Adventure update.
My Iceland Photo tour 2017 was officially fully booked, and that’s what I was writing in this blog post. As of last night though, I have 3 places that have become available due to cancellations. So if you were considering coming with me to Iceland this year you were almost too late, but now you have another chance. You can read all about the Iceland Highlands Adventure for this year right HERE>>
Greenland Sailing Photo Tour.
I still have a 4 places left for my Greenland Sailing Photo Adventure Tour. 8 days of awesome iceberg scenery sailing around Scoresby Sound on our 100 year old classic Schooner. Fully refurbished with all the modern conveniences of course.
Last Year in August I spent 14 days travelling around the Southern Highlands of Iceland with my Phase One 100 Megapixel camera, the (relatively) newly released Phase One XF and the IQ3-100 back. Along with a range of Phase One, Schneider Kreuznach and Mamiya lenses it’s a very heavy camera bag! So is it worth carrying all that gear? Are the results really that good? Well, yes.
Just before taking off to Greenland last year I spent a couple of weeks driving around the wild Southern Highlands of Iceland exploring for this years Iceland photo tour. I had rented a 4wd camper van, which turned out to be clapped out Landrover Defender with a timber platform screwed together in the back as a bed… I paid more to rent this car for the two weeks than I would have paid to buy it back here in Australia! Still, it got me to some amazing places where you really do need 4wd, and provided shelter for the many times it rained. If you look carefully, you can see the car in the bottom left corner in the image below. From this distance you can’t tell just how tired and worn out it is. If you look even more carefully you can see the tiny shapes of two climbers on the mountain in the top right hand corner.
Dark moody skies are my favourite type of lighting, especially for the stunning landscape of Iceland. Beautiful little timber churches also look magic contrasted against the surreal green/yellow of the Icelandic landscape with jagged peaks receding into the distance behind them, especially with low clouds moving in on the tops of those peaks. Bright blue sky and sunshine is lovely, don’t get me wrong, lovely to sit in the sun and watch the world go by, but I usually leave my camera in the bag then. I’d much rather brave the cold blustery conditions and risk getting rained on to get that lovely soft diffused light you only get with dark stormy skies.
This year has been a huge year for travel for me, I’ve had Photo tours to Bhutan, Cambodia and Iceland with a few weeks scouting trip to Norway for tours next year, and in a few weeks I’m of to Bhutan again for the second time this year… I have so many new images that I don’t know where to start!
So, for want of a better plan I will begin with an image from my most recent trip to Iceland, where I ran two photographic tours back to back with Iurie Belegurschi. One of the locations I was really keen to go to on this trip was the Southern Highlands of Iceland with its amazing volcanic landscape and the painted hills. Read the rest of this entry »
I wonder if the views I found so spectacular in Iceland are so spectacular to an Icelandic resident who grew up there, or is it just that it’s so different to where I am from that makes Iceland so unique to me? I wonder if I will ever truly know the answer to this question, and in fact if it actually matters?
Kirkjufellsfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland has got to be perhaps the most ideal of landscapes, it’s a landscape photographers dream location. First there is the mountain, Kirkjufell, which from this angle has a lovely alluring shape, especially with a sprinkling of snow on it. Then there is a beautiful glacial river and waterfall that runs right past it, and then from the waterfall to Kirkjufell you are facing roughly North-West, which is ideal for dawn colours in clouds. The trick is to be prepared for those random rain showers, snow flurries and near cyclonic winds, but it’s ok, it doesn’t seem to last very long so you just need to wait it out to get your shots.
This is of course the same location as the previous post, and a much earlier post from several months ago Kirkjufellsfoss at Sunrise, all three images were shot on the same morning only a few minutes apart from different spots around the scene. I’m sure there are many more possible shots at this lovely location and I’m looking forward to returning later this year with my Photographic Tour to Iceland to explore it a bit further.
This image shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 28mm lens.