Four-Years Ago (14-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 6: Golden Circle.

Return from the center of the earth. Fisheye view from behind Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall in southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. For the title, I like the B&W version better than the color one. There are also too many artifacts (purple fringing) in the color version. In either case, it was a difficult shot with the wide range of light, and the constant spray of water from the waterfall. The pathway to the back of the waterfall was covered with ice, and I was glad I had crampons for my boots.

Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (14-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 6: Golden Circle.

Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter.

I decided that I like the black and white with one color version best. Let me know what you think. It may be better to crop closer (not showing the top of the waterfall).

Black and White with one Color. Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black and White with one Color. Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (30-July-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 1: Golden Circle.

Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. You can actually walk behind the waterfall. It is a challenge to get a wide enough view and encompass the full dynamic range of the scene. All the time being covered with a mist of water from the waterfall.

Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/11) using Google HDR Efex Pro 2. Photo Adventure with Mike Hagen (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/11) using Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (14-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 6: Golden Circle.

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) on a Late Winter Afternoon. One of most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The first image is a composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 1/80, 1/160, 1/320 sec). Image processed with Google HDR Efex Pro. The second image is a long exposure version. Long Exposure taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 9 sec) with a hand-held 10 stop Singh-Ray neutral density filter.

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) on a Late Winter Afternoon. One of most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 1/80, 1/160, 1/320 sec). Image processed with Google HDR Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) on a Late Winter Afternoon. One of most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 1/80, 1/160, 1/320 sec). Image processed with Google HDR Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) on a Late Winter Afternoon. One of most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Long Exposure taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 9 sec) with a hand-held 10 stop Singh-Ray neutral density filter. (David J Mathre)
Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) on a Late Winter Afternoon. One of most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Long Exposure taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 9 sec) with a hand-held 10 stop Singh-Ray neutral density filter. (David J Mathre)

I am not providing the name or recommendation for the workshop leaders for this trip. One of the reasons I signed up  was the opportunity to photograph Northern Lights from Iceland. In 2013 I got some great images of the Aurora Borealis in Tromsö, Norway and hoped to do the same in Iceland. I arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland two days before the workshop and arranged a private tour with TripsByLocals.com to go Aurora Hunting. It didn’t look promising when we left the hotel (snowing an hour earlier). For the first 2 hours the sky remained mostly overcast. We then found a spot where the sky started to clear, and started to see the Aurora. It was cold and windy, but I found a place behind the van where I could set up a camera on a tripod. I was able to get 80 images which I used to create a time-lapsed video. The moon was almost full, and lit up the snow covered lava field in the foreground. It turned out that this was my only opportunity to get some good images of the Aurora on this trip. My father commented that it was not as good as the images I got in Tromsö last year. The weather for the Iceland workshop did not cooperate – lots of rain and snow with significant cloud cover. On the first day of the workshop we were supposed to fly from Reykjavik to Höfn but the weather in Höfn didn’t cooperate (even though it was sunny in Reykjavik). After spending some extra time waiting in the Reykjavik airport, it was decided that we would fly to Egilsstadir and take a several hour bus ride to Höfn. On the positive side, I got to see some of the Fjords on the east coast of Iceland, and on the negative side I lost a camera battery on the bus ride between Egilsstadir and Höfn when we had to change from a big 55 passenger bus to a smaller van. Once we got to the airport in Höfn we transferred to the van that would be our transportation for the rest of the workshop. Our first stop was the black sand beach on the coast next to the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Every day when the tide goes out, ice that calved from the glacier in the lagoon goes out to sea, then when the tide comes in, the ice lands on the black sand beach. The makes for some great photo opportunities. However, as we arrived the rain started. We could only stay out for about 15 minutes before getting soaked in the cold and windy rain. We then went to Hotel Smyrlabjörg. I stayed at the same hotel last summer. The Icelandic food served at dinner was outstanding. When I went to sleep it was still raining. During the night the wind increased to the point it sounded like a train was passing outside my window. At about 01:30 AM I woke up and could see some stars in the sky outside my window. I went outside to get a look. It was still very windy. Windy to the point that I could barely stand up. I took a couple of pictures, and could see that the Northern Lights were starting – but there was no way I would be able to stay out in the gale force winds. So I went back to bed. The next morning at breakfast our workshop leader was gushing about how great the Aurora was between 03:30 AM and 05:30 AM. Unfortunately, he didn’t bother to wake the majority of the workshop participants even though he stayed out taking images for his portfolio. There were lots of apologies and excuses that he didn’t know what rooms we were in, but we were all staying in adjacent rooms. This turned out to be the one and only night that the Aurora were visible during the workshop. I was lucky to get the one night before the workshop to see and photograph the Aurora. Most of the others that spent thousands of dollars to see and photograph the Northern Lights as part of the workshop were very disappointed.

Six-Years Ago (10-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 15: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

Salto Grande rapids, just before the waterfall. Glacial melt and stormy weather in Patagonia. Torres del Paine National Park. Composite Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 34 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec).

Salto Grande Rapids just before the Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 34 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, AutoPano Giga Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Salto Grande Rapids just before the Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 24-120 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 34 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, AutoPano Giga Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)