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.
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!
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…
Autumn colours in Iceland are mostly pretty subtle, they don’t have much in the way of forests to turn bright orange and red. What they do have is a wonderful variety of small perennial plants that turn beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow… There is also an abundance of amazing waterfalls in Iceland… Though not strictly a waterfall, Hraunfossar is beautiful none the less, especially in Autumn.
Just a short drive out of Reykjavik, But it seemed to take ages as I wanted to stop every 20 metres! Shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with the 100mm lens.