Icelandic Journals: Part 2

So what was I doing in Iceland I hear you say? An opportunity arose for me to be a tutor for Wild Photography Holidayson their Southern Contrast tour in Iceland. This was a huge step for me in my career, I've always wanted to setup my own workshops/tours but I've never wanted to jump right into it all guns blazing and fall on my face due to a lack of experience. So being able to do this was a great opportunity for me to see what it's like to run tours and get a feel for what to expect when I run my own. But I was also there to capture some amazing images of the beautiful landscape that Iceland has to offer

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We started the long drive along the south coast of Iceland heading towards the guesthouse near the Jökulsárlón lagoon famous for its many icebergs and incredible landscape. Our first stop on the journey was to see the Icelandic Horses in a field close that volcano that caused quite a bit of bother a few years ago: Eyafjallajökull. The horses were friendly and made for a great chance to play with my 14-24mm for some nice wide angle shots of the horses as they are very curious and are constantly trying to sniff your lens! We stayed there for around an hour before driving 10 minutes down the road to my favourite waterfall of the trip: Skógafoss. A massive waterfall measuring 25m across with a drop of 60m. Trying to photograph the waterfall without getting tourists in was quite difficult but if you waited for 10-15 minutes they would all disappear and then you were able to get your shot. Due to the amount of spray created by the waterfall on sunny days you can see a rainbow but unfortunately I didn't get any shots of it.

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Our journey from there took us through the baron coastline of iceland, a land where you can see the changes it has faced over the years. I was already feeling truly inspired and I really wanted to start exploring this incredible place and portray its beauty with my camera. We arrived at the guesthouse in the evening, unpacked and had some dinner before heading out to Jökulsárlón for the evening shoot. The weather seemed good for a lovely sunset so I double checked I had packed everything I needed in to my CoOrinate Gear backpack. Seeing the ice for the first time really took my breath away, the endless sea of icebergs that covered the lagoon seemed to go for ever and ever so often you could hear the distant sound of Ice calving off the glacier.

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In the next few days we travelled around the areas close to where we were staying like Skaftafell National Park to see more waterfalls and glaciers. I'm going to go into more detail of the places we saw over the next few months with more blog posts, videos and equipment I reviewed while I was there but for now here is a taster of what I saw while I was there. The shot below was taken inside a cove at Skógafoss, you couldn't much time this close to the waterfall as when the wind direction would change your gear would absolutely get drenched due to the waterspray, I was able to fire of a few frames before my D800 got a shower. Skógafoss was definetely one of my favourite waterfalls from the trip, there are some very interesting and quite weird shots I got that day!

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