After the sun set more clouds began to move in. They were spread across most of the sky. I shot a long exposure that would hopefully capture streaking beams of light behind the mountain. I enjoy shooting for black and white, which leaves more to each individual's imagination. In the case above, the streaks of light underscore the majestic quality of Kirkjufell Mountain and waterfalls.
Next post...headed for the West Fjords.
There was lots of room for photographing. (Kirkjufell mountain is to the left of this view.) I arrived at 10:30 and soon made a new friend (who was from Germany). We chatted as we prepared for the sunset. About an hour later a number of people (about 30) from a photo club arrived. Several rushed to be where my new friend and I were. One person nearly slipped off of the edge (I helped him gain his footing) just so he can be near the spot we were at. Many people in this photo group seemed only interested in taking a picture. The experience of enjoying where you are is critical to composing an image. So it is not simply a "picture" snapped with your camera. The image can be a way to share your experience with others.
Next post on the lighting change, perfect for black and white...
2nd Trip to Iceland (including West Iceland and the West Fjords: 1st Night, 18-19 June 2016, Kirkjufell Mountain and Waterfalls
Two years ago I was here (Kirkjufell Mountain and waterfall) briefly and my friend and I only encountered thick clouds and rain. I vowed I would return. Before my trip back last month I planned for this shot. Thanks to PhotoPills I was able to calculate the exact position of the sun during the 1 am sunset, the position of the mountain and the waterfall. Golden hour(s) lasted from 22:30 to 3:30 and I was there for all but the last hour. I arrived about an hour before a photo club arrived with some 20-25 photographers. (More on that next post.) Luckily the weather cooperated. (While it is worth it to look at weather forecasts, you must prepare for the worst and best of weather conditions...it was the best!) It was perfect for my long exposure technique for clouds which enables the colors of the sunset reflecting off of the clouds to appear like paint splashed on a canvas (my camera's sensor).
Next post: more from my first night. In upcoming posts, I will cover my photography from my entire trip, most of which was in the gorgeous West Fjords.
My first post is inspired by a wonderful trip to Iceland. My friend and I did the 10-day tour around the island. We did not visit the northwest peninsula. The geology is truly exciting and very unique, any photographer's dream come true.
I invested in panoramic equipment for the trip and I am very pleased with the results. While there are endless single-frame shots, the scenery is so vast stitching 3-8 single and double row shots allows for a natural view of the gorgeous scenery. I enjoy taking panos of the New York City skyline, my preference is the likes of an Iceland, hands down.
It was useful taking shots with my iPhone in the car; and many came out quite nice. Frankly, there is zero comparison to the precision of a DSLR (or if you have a good mirrorless). While some photographer-bloggers are not to pleased with the development of phone-photographers, instagrammers, etc, I think this is a huge boon for photography.
At this time my preference is a DSLR full-frame sensor. It's low-light performance and dynamic range are still not matched by most mirrorless. However, from what I have recently seen some mirrorless are clearly making headway. Certainly the light weight is a huge plus. However, choice of lenses for mirrorless is still extremely depleted.
I welcome any comments on these discussions or about any photos on my website.