Iceland a Photographers Dream

Sheep at sunset, Látrabjarg cliffs, Iceland
Sheep at sunset, Látrabjarg cliffs, Iceland

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 70-200mm f4 IS lens with Canon X 1.4 Extender @ 147mm. Exposure Details: 1/80 second @ f11 ISO 500

Iceland is one of the most photogenic locations I've visited during my 30 plus year career. The people are friendly and the landscape is simply amazing.

Not convinced? Consider the stress associated with chasing the sun when photographing closer to the equator. Remember the mistakes made, the images lost. Well, that kind of stress is simply not an issue in this part of the world. The long summer evenings provide wonderful opportunities for photography and, depending on the weather, the so-called golden hour can last for 4 hours or more.

My travel and photography buddy on this trip,

Joseph San Laureano

, and I were frequently photographing until 3am, then sometimes driving several hours on to the next location. But this was an exploratory trip as much as a photography adventure and we had a great deal of ground to cover. So, despite having a flu-like virus for my entire time in the country, the experience was one of the best of my life to date. And the lack of sleep was, to my mind, a small price to pay for the privilege associated with image making in such a sublime landscape.

This image was made at the most western point of Europe, the

Látrabjarg cliffs

in Iceland. The sun was very low in the sky and the distant landmarks partly obscured by mist. It was very windy and the ground was uneven and soft making use of a tripod difficult at best. What's more the sheep seemed to be constantly moving as they grazed across the cliff tops.

I wanted to have both sheep in the foreground looking towards the camera and needed to make the image before the light faded and/or the sheep moved out of the frame. Its at times like this where a photographers skill is really tested. A simple

"Hey Bozo"

did the trick. After which I thanked the sheep (no, really I did) and moved on to let them enjoy their meal in peace.

I can assure you that photographing Iceland can be both a serene and surreal experience. I must admit to catching myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Such was the realization of my good fortune. I tell you, it really doesn't get any better than that. Wow! Iceland, take me back.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru