Day 4 in Iceland
Since it rained the night before I took the extra time to plan a road trip to the gorgeous Fjadrárgljúfur canyon (about 90 minutes from Vik). I left early. How long I stayed depended on the weather. On my way the weather conditions changed quite a bit. There was snow on the ground; not a lot, but just enough to paint the landscape in white powder. When I arrived at the canyon it began to rain. I hiked a short distance to a nice spot overlooking a beautiful waterfall pouring into the canyon. I had to wait for the rain to subside and I captured a long exposure that looked very suitable for a greyscale image. The curve of the waterfall was almost symmetrical to the cliffs.
I captured some more images and left when the rain turned into sleet. I drove back to Vik and the closer I got the better the weather became. I decided to go back to a different area of the black beach; I hadn't seen Dyrhólaey, another beautiful rock formation that attracts lots of tourists. By the time I reached my destination the sky was clearest I had seen it since my arrival in Iceland.
There were storm clouds approaching from the southeast so I photographed the storm at sea.
I've placed the color and the greyscale next to each other. I'm not quite satisfied with the greyscale yet. The scenery was quite beautiful.
The storm then began to push northward over the black beach. Another spectacular scene materialized with storm clouds over the sea and moving over the glacier.
The forecast and weather maps hinted it was time to leave, get something to eat in Vik and come back for the Northern Lights. The maps showed the sky would clear after 9pm and the solar activity forecast was pretty good at 4 Kp. After waiting out the clouds and wind the Northern Lights made an appearance but the intensity was not strong enough. I checked the weather maps and it showed more clearing back at Skógafoss, near my hotel, so off I went. I was fortunate to enjoy another light show at Skógafoss. Around midnight it began to rain for the rest of the night...
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Keith A Manning
Photographer specializing in Cityscapes, Landscapes, Portraits and Fine Art.