In October 2018 I traveled to Iceland with six other excited photographers on a seven-day tour led by James Lawrence.

This was my first trip to Iceland and I was blown away by the country and the landscapes some of which took my breath away. James filled every day with new locations and subjects for us to capture. We were given mini-projects to stretch our abilities and debriefed these of an evening which helped me to see different peoples interpretation of the same subject.

James was always on hand to offer an encouraging word and displayed a wide range of knowledge with regards to the different cameras we had and adapted his coaching to our individual needs.

This series of three posts depict many of the locations we visited and the images I captured these are presented in a variety of ways some singles images and some galleries. Clicking on an image will open a lightbox version.

These two images were captured on our first afternnon in Iceland. No sooner had we arrived at our first hotel than we were off to capture the fading light at Garour Old Lighthouse. It was cold, windy with squalls of rain. Nonetheless, it felt good to be out with camera in hand.

 

Our first full day in Iceland started with a morning in Reykjavik.

After a morning in Reykjavik we travelled to the Snaefellsness peninsula for an overnight stay in Grundarfjörður⁩. En route, we stopped at various locations and this was the first waterfall I photographed on the trip, one of those just out of sight off the road waterfalls that you could easily overlook.  It was found by Gareth one of my fellow travellers and we, of course, called it Gareths falls but apparently it is actually called Sheep Falls?

One of the lessons I learned from James here was that it is possible to obtain the silky water visible in this image without a tripod. This was a handheld 1/5th of a second exposure.

 

 

 

An early start on day three saw us arrive at Kirkjufell soon after sunrise – it was overcast with a flat grey sky, not the best conditions for photography however this did not detract from this iconic Iceland location.

Although it was early in the day there were already a number of other photographers on site everyone was mindful of not getting in each others shots and took it in turns to capture images from the best spots.

We had plenty of time to explore Kirkjufellfoss and its surroundings and this gallery contains some of the many images I took here.

From Kirkjufell we headed south across the peninsula to Budir church we passed this lake during our journey and were fortunate to time this with a period of very low wind giving us th opportunity to capture some decent reflections shots.

 

 

 

The black Church at Budir is another iconic location here we were tasked here to create a portfolio of ten different images which for me proved to be quite difficult. It led to a few aha moments that evening when we debriefed the task as I saw some of the images captured by my fellow photographers.

I realised that I needed to think more carefully about the location and the subject matter and to look for unusual angles and to consider options for close in as well as landscape shots.

 

On leaving Budir church we drove to Arnastapi where some of us elected to walk to Hellnar across a relatively small lava field. The footpath is well defined and easy to follow, it runs close to the sea, and as I recall it took us about 1 hour to complete the walk.

In a couple of places, the lava seemed to me to be shaped as though it had captured and preserved strange beasts in its flow.

 

Hellnar Beach

Lóndrangar sea stacks  & Djúpalónssandur beach were the last 2 locations that we visited on the Snaefellsness peninsula. There was quite a strong wind blowing at Lóndrangar churning the sea and adding some drama to the scene. 

Djúpalónssandur beach gave me my first opportunity on the trip to use my Lee big stopper keeping a watch on the wind and waves while counting down various long exposure images. The first long exposure image in this gallery was 15 seconds and the second was 52 seconds. The other two images show the almost empty beach with one of my fellow photographers providing a sense of scale to this location.

To be continued……