Now I am back home from a weekend on Iceland. My first comment is that it is an amazing place on earth. The landscape is like never seen before; Very much affected of being an Volcanic Island, placed far up north with strong wind, strong currents in the ocean and a place where the weather shifts fast.
There where layers of clouds with the sun behind it, there where mountains and hills, there where flat landscape as long as the eye could see. I have no problem understanding why painters like Odd Nerdrum and others find this place to be inspiring.
One thing is for sure I want to go back, and then I will use time to wander in the wilderness, and be there several days exclusive for photography
This weekend I didn’t get the chances for that, so most of my photos from this weekend are taken trough a bus window, which sadly makes the great moments from landscapes useless for anything else then dreaming of this magnificent place and to remember why I should go here again.
On the first day of the weekend we visited the Bobby Fisher Center and the blue lagoon. The Chess Center was interesting, it is however more coined towards the climate in which he played and why he moved to Iceland instead of his achievement and development as a player. The Blue lagoon was not so great, an expensive tourist trap I would call it. You bath in warm water, that is actually spill water from a geo-thermal power plant. So it is a warm bath in a very salty water.
The experience of this day was the view back and forth with the bus to and from these places. The stop at some springs, these where special as there was a lot of different colours, based on the minerals of the ground. With a strong Sulphur smell in the air.
In regards to my camera equipment I didn’t use the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L lens this weekend either. Perhaps if I stop bringing it I will have use for it ?
I used the some of the filters, and shot many of my photos with the gradient ND filters, as the sky was much brighter then the ground and many of my photos ended up being in the direction of the sun.
We also had a stop at a interesting beach, where I took some photos with Lee Big Stopper and tripod.
Iceland was a great experience. And as stated above I will be back.