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Photos in Focus

Photos in Focus

I have gathered here today a collection of Iceland photos with descriptions, location information and photography techniques. Some are just brief blog entries, but others are longer analysis of the photography techniques or the post processing that went on behind the scenes.

Mirror mountain

Mirror mountain

This beautiful mountain is called Hofell and is an ancient volcano in the South Eastern part of Iceland.  It's last eruption blew itself up and what you see now is just the shadow of it's former self.  The district was seized by Hrollaugur Ragnvaldsson...

VestraHorn Wash

VestraHorn Wash

The black sand beach has a very shallow gradient, so although the sea can appear calm and non-threatening you can be caught in a large surge that creeps slowly up the beach.

High Key Night Photography

High Key Night Photography

This extraordinary photo was taken in the middle of the night in South Iceland. It was taken on a full moon night in October just before 1 a.m. Believe it or not, the post processing challenge was to darken the image to make it look a little bit more like a night photo. The moon was behind me…

Magical Dawn

Magical Dawn

A beautiful Summer morning at Jokulsarlon with some icebergs reflecting in the glacier lagoon.

Aurora Mountain

Aurora Mountain

This South Iceland spot can be very good for Northern lights because there is a possibility of capturing a reflection of the Aurora in the landscape.

Treasure Iceland

Treasure Iceland

If you catch the glacier ice beach at the right time, you can photograph the incredible colours of a sunset or sunrise.

Tiny Comet Aurora

Tiny Comet Aurora

This night photograph, from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland, captured a comet disappearing into the North sky over Iceland.

Hali Milkyway

Hali Milkyway

For Iceland based photographers, photographing the Milky Way is generally something we do while we are waiting for the Northern Lights to appear.

Spikes on Earth

Spikes on Earth

This Northern lights photograph teaches me to be humble at this time in my life. It represents the place I am at in the universe, and maybe you too?

Dynjandi Rock

Dynjandi Rock

There is every type of waterfall here. The strong flutes, the power walls, the delicate, flowing water cascades through green moss.

Shot to nothing

Shot to nothing

One thing I am sure of though is that despite the low visibility, the arctic circle must be in this photograph.

Jokulsarlon Night panorama

Jokulsarlon Night panorama

Northern lights can add an extra dimension to night photography because they add strong colours and depth to the sky.

Aurora Wash

Aurora Wash

This Northern Lights shot was blessed with a superb wash of ocean during the exposure.

Red Blaze – Northern Lights Exposure

Red Blaze – Northern Lights Exposure

Although the Northern lights require a long exposure, the object is often to reduce exposure time as much as possible to achieve a usable exposure and with minimal star trails.

Fjallabak Night

Fjallabak Night

Taken on July 17, 2011 on a photo tour through Iceland’s Southern Highlands (or Fjallabak – behind the mountains).

Ice Gorge

Ice Gorge

This is at the Fjaðrargljufur river canyon in South East Iceland. The unassuming river winds like a snake between the rocks.

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