June 2010 Jökulsarlon and East Fjords

Iceland Summer photo tour

Iceland Summer Trip

This was a Summer photo tour around Iceland, but this post will look a the first couple of days including Jökulsarlon and the East Fjords. Mostly to show 2 very different conditions that can be expected in the Summer. This was not a professional photo tour with paying customers. This was a photo holiday with my partner who is also a keen photographer. This was a very memorable trip because this is where I discovered the Magic Cloth technique.

Travel Sickness

I suffered great sickness on the first night of our trip. We had driven along the South Coast in overcast conditions and landed safely at the campsite at Flossalaug. This was perfect because after a long day of driving, the last thing you need is a campsite full of Summer tourists drinking beer and playing midnight Frisbee. This secret campsite was empty and as we set up the tent. The sunset was a sky of beautiful high lenticular clouds. Unfortunately I ended up with horrible fever this night and slept very little. My partner drove and she managed to find a cheap hotel room for me to rest properly. This worked and after a meal we headed back to Jökulsarlon for the evening.

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Jökulsarlon

I was keen to try out my new 6 stop B&W ND filter, we headed to the Diamond-Beach. The sky was wonderful with lots of high feathery clouds.  This was an idyllic Summer evening in Iceland.

Iceland Summer photo tour

Glacier Lagoon

We crossed over to the West bank of the lagoon as it approached midnight because this gave us a better choice of angles to work the sky. This shot was with my new 6 stop B&W ND filter and it was around midnight so my exposure was creeping up to 30 seconds.

Iceland Summer photo tour

After the previous shot, I figured that if I covered the sky for half of the 30 second exposure, I would have a better balance of sky and land exposures. I simply covered the sky after 15 seconds with my tiger cloth and this was the result. This became known as the Magic Cloth Technique as described here.

Iceland Summer photo tour

After the Sunset we headed East towards the East fjords in search of a nice campsite.

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East Coast

mono landscape East Iceland

The weather changed dramatically and soon we were under a low cloud with no hope of any colour. I set up for some long exposure shots to show the clouds moving against the mountains.

We found a nice campsite in Berufjörður with a nice view of Bulandstindur (reputably the most beautiful Mountain in the East fjords). We set up camp for a couple of nights and hoped for some peaceful camping with no driving. We hoped for an end to the sea mist that was driving against Iceland’s East Coast from the Norwegian sea.

mono landscape East Iceland

At last we got a little bit of colour around midnight.

East Iceland photo tour

As we got further North, the sky started to clear and I took full advantage at the cliffs of Reyðarfjörður.

Fine Art Prints

Some of the photos from this trip are for sale as fine art prints in my Gallery.

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By Tony Prower

Tony Prower spent over 15 years photographing the landscapes of Iceland. Tony Prower is a pioneer of the Magic Cloth Technique and ran thousands of photo tours in Iceland over 10 years.