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Iceland Photo Tour 2017 Another Chance

April 24th, 2017

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 photo tour

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.

Iceland Highlands with 100 Mp

April 8th, 2017

Last Year in August I spent 10 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.

Iceland with a Phase One 100Mp

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Highlands of Iceland

February 8th, 2017

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.Iceland Photo Tour

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Stormy Iceland Church

October 12th, 2015

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.

Iceland church with moody dark sky

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Iceland Again

October 8th, 2015

Photo Tour Group southern highlands IcelandThis 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 »

Awesome Icelandic Clouds

March 30th, 2015

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?

Awesome Icelandic Clouds over the road in Northern Iceland

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Kirkjufellsfoss dawn Snæfellsnes Peninsula Iceland

March 2nd, 2015

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.

Kirkjufellsfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland

This image shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 28mm lens.

More from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula Iceland

February 25th, 2015

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is North of Reykjavik and seems absolutely crowded with beautiful scenery.  Wild coastline, stunning waterfalls, eerily shaped mountains and lava fields, small stone churches and shaggy Icelandic horses, to name a few of the highlights.  This images is shot from the small stone bridge crossing the river just above Kirkjufellsfoss (the waterfall) looking down the falls to the coast at sunrise, just as the clouds had parted and the light poured in.  Just a few minutes earlier it was a different kind of pouring as it both rained then snowed on me while I waited for the dawn. Hey, not that I’m complaining, the Icelandic people have many sayings about the weather… the one that is relevant here is…  “there is no bad weather, just incorrect clothing”.  I had the correct clothing for a change, even my camera had a rain jacket!

Kirkjufellsfoss Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with the 28mm  lens.

Photographic Tour to Iceland Early Bird Special expiring soon

Hey I’ve got a couple of spots left on my Photographic Tour to Iceland in August this year, and the early bird special runs out in 3 days.  It saves you about US$400 so if you are thinking of coming, now is the time to book…

Selfoss Waterfall twilight Iceland

January 20th, 2015

Yet another Icelandic waterfall, Selfoss is about 1km upriver from the massive Dettifoss on the Ölfusá river, in the North East of Iceland.  From Dettifoss (previous Blog Post), I ran all the way trying to get a shot with some of that great colour still in the sky…  Just made it.   The landscape around these two waterfalls is almost how I imagine the moon to be, but with water, or rather as if a glacier had just passed through here.  There are no trees and almost no vegetation at all in this region, just miles and miles of volcanic rock and boulders.  The only greenery around is the ubiquitous Icelandic moss, that grows over the lava fields softening the landscape.  It’s a place where you can really imagine yourself a million years in the past just after an Ice age, or in fact in the middle of one.

Selfoss Waterfall Iceland

This Image of Selfoss in Iceland was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with the 50mm f3.5 lens.

Dettifoss Waterfall Iceland

January 14th, 2015

I think it’s time for a couple more waterfalls from Iceland, the country that has literally thousands of waterfalls!  This first one is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Iceland and thus Europe.  The vast volume of water and the huge drop over the edge into the ravine below means that this is a very wet place to stand, the spray from this waterfall sometimes extends hundreds of metres into the air above and around the falls.  The day I took this shot I had planned this as my sunset destination, though as I had so many unscheduled stops for roadside attractions (See previous Blog posts for explanation) I barely made it.  The weather had been overcast and rainy all day, which is perfect for Icelandic landscapes, but it didn’t look like I would get much of a sunset at all.  Well I couldn’t actually see the sun setting, but the clouds opened up enough to allow some great colour just after sunset.  The wild colours in the sky, combined with the massive waterfall and the bleak treeless landscape made for a surreal and otherworldly look to the image.

Dettifoss Waterfall Iceland

Image of Dettifoss waterfall Iceland, shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 50mm f3.5 lens… with lots of wiping of the front lens element…

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