This is at the Fjaðrargljufur river canyon in South East Iceland. The unassuming river winds like a snake between the rocks. This is the story behind a long exposure nature photograph.
I drove from Reykjavik to Jökulsarlon to photograph the sunrise on the Diamond Beach. I could see that an Icelandic winter sunrise was colourful, but there was very little ice on the beach.
The diamond beach with black sand & magical chunks of blue glacial ice is where the Atlantic Ocean interacts with Iceland’s largest glacier.
This is a very popular ice cave and is normally full of tourists. On this morning, we were in there hours before the tourists.
The Diamond Ice beach is the final land based resting place for ice chunks that calve from the retreating Vatnjökull ice cap.
This nature photo was taken during January on a 3 day photo tour. We hit the diamond beach about an hour before sunrise after a comfortable breakfast.
Nacreous clouds are ice particles high up in the atmosphere that catch sunlight long before sunrise. They are also known as Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) or Mother of Pearl clouds because they glow with a variety of pearl like colours.
Nacreous clouds are difficult to expose. The trick here was under-exposure to make sure I didn’t loose any of the details and colours in the glowing cloud.
It was horrible conditions that brought about this beauty. We were sand blasted and windswept on the black sand beach, day 2 of a 3 day tour.
We caught the tail end of the overnight storm at Jokulsarlon Diamond Ice Beach. The wind & sand created incredible scalloped textures in the fresh glacier ice.
We were making our way down to the glacier tongue at Svinfallsjökull when I spot the colour in the clouds above Kristinatindur.
Godafoss the Waterfall of the Gods is a fine location for photographers, both Summer and Winter.
This is one of many shots I took on the ice beach. The formula is basic, but effective. I discuss the importance of ‘Timing’ in landscape photography and how it communicates the 4th dimension.
The grass anchors itself in the black sand forming tussocks from the drifting sand. Small pools form after heavy rain or melting snow.
We checked out the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall earlier in the day and there were 6 – 10 tourists walking through the scene at any one time.
The one thing we agreed on was to leave our tents erect and stay another night at the falls.