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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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