In Viking Times…

One of my favourite “genres” if you wish, in photography, is long exposures. I love slowing motion down and creating moody images from moving clouds or water. Long exposures can be anywhere from 1 second to hours and hours long. My typical long exposure image is 30 seconds to 5 minutes. It depends on how fast the clouds are moving and what visual story I am trying to tell with the image. This image for example, taken near Sorvagsvatn Lake, the largest inland lake in the Faroe Islands shows the area, where in Viking times, slaves who were no longer useful, were simply flung off of the cliff top, or so the story goes. The angry clouds show the displeasure of the Viking gods. This image is a 61 second exposure, ISO 100 at f11. I used a Lee Big Stopper to give me enough exposure time. The image was shot in Bulb mode.

Life Through The Lens – Part II – May 26 Images(s)

I am sure by now you must be tired of me going on and on about the wonderful photographic opportunities here in Ireland, but it just seems to never stop! Amazing landscapes and seascapes continue, beautiful lighthouses and old relics (not including my Irish friend Trevor whose birthday it was today and who arranged this amazing trip) are just a small portion of our day today. I can only continue to use the word “WOW” because I simply cannot find another word that accurately describes my feeling at each one of these locations!

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – May 21 Image

After a very long day of travel I finally made it to Northern Ireland. We met up at a Bed & Breakfast we are staying at for a couple of nights, and then went into the town of Bushmills for dinner. (Yes the very town where Bushmills whisky comes from!) After dinner we drove to the Giants Causeway. This is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. We were hoping for some nice light for sunset but Mother Nature did not cooperate. 

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – March 4 Image

After work today I drove to LAX and checked into my hotel and then drove up the coast a ways. I found a secluded area and snapped a few shots of the waves and the rocks. Tomorrow I head home! 🙂

Rocky Streaks

Life Through The Lens – Part II – February 24 Image

This ice on the beach in Iceland is just so wonderful to photograph I had to post another image! I love it! I could have spent days in this area just photographing all of the unique forms of ice…wow!

Glacial Ice

Life Through The Lens – Part II – February 20 Image

This is a shot from the south western coast of Iceland. The rock apostles that you see in the distance are well known subjects for photographers. On this morning that we stopped it was very windy and the waves were quite violent.

Wicked Waves

Life Through The Lens – Part II – February 14 Image

Happy Valentines Day! This image however has nothing to do with hearts and roses. It is from southern Iceland. Pieces of ice from a glacier break off and float through a lagoon and out into the sea. Waves push them back and they end up on the beach. These pieces can be the size of a pop can to the size of a small car. It is an amazing site to see and a joy to photograph!

Beach Ice

Life Through The Lens – Part II – February 12 Image

This shot was taken in South East Iceland near Hofn. The seascape and rocks in this area are wonderful to photograph! As I was taking this image, large waves were rolling in. I had to be careful as the waves more often than not are more powerful than you think and can knock you down.

Iceland Mountains

Life Though The Lens – Part II – February 6 Image

This morning we flew into Hofn, Iceland. We arrived just at the end of sunrise. Immediately we left the airport and headed towards the sea. We spent quite some time in the area just to the south of Hofn. It is a stunning landscape! We left from there, had lunch and then headed to a glacier. We spent more time photographing unique ice on the beach. The shot below is from this morning just after sunrise.

Hofn Sunrise

 

Image from March 22

After 3,400 km’s of driving the South Island of New Zealand, our vacation is coming to an end. Tomorrow we fly for pretty much 24 hours and end up back in Toronto the same day! It was a wonderful vacation and the hospitality and friendliness of the Kiwi people was wonderful! New Zealand is a land of stunning and majestic mountains, fjords, valleys and seascapes. The rugged beauty of the coast is simply breath-taking!

Photographed outside of Kaikoura, New Zealand