One of the things I love to do with recent Lightroom versions is to play with low contrast adjustments and introducing de-haze.
Coastal landscapes are very effective long exposures because they often give the photograph a strong contrast between the temporary and the permanent.
From silky waterfalls to star trails, long exposure photography captures the world in a way we don’t normally see. These long exposure photographs are popular and capture the viewer’s imagination, so it is worth studying long exposure photography to add some unique perspectives to your portfolio.
This photo was taken early November on a Jökulsarlon tour. I was taking some shots without an ND filter and some shots with. This is one of the shots with the Neutral Density filter – which creates a slight rose tint. This was one of the last photos of the session and everything fells into place when the sky reached it’s best.
We found ourselves in East Iceland looking at a northern Lights forecast. Not to be defeated, we decided to head back to Vestrahorn mountain with a view to doing star trails or some form of night photography.
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.