Somewhere in Iceland
I miss travelling so much; some days the desire to be away can be overwhelming. To cope, I fire up Lightroom and play with my photos, applying new techniques and tricks for post-production to photos I once considered to be sub-par. Always shoot in RAW, my friends — it will give you pixels to play with when the urge strikes! Not too long ago I learned how to use graduated and radial filters in Lightroom, and since then my photos have come alive!
I visited Iceland two years ago this month, on my way home from a trip to England and Paris. I was thrilled to visit this small and chilly nation, and disheartened when after only one day the skies clouded over and it rained for the remainder of my 4-day stay. These photos are among some of my new favourites, photos I once was disappointed by but now feel like they’re maybe something special.
The colours of Iceland were both muted and vibrant, often at the same time. I found it very hard to photograph with my Lumix point and shoot, even though it had full manual control. It was on this trip that I vowed to not travel without my DSLR ever again, because the quality of the light captured in the photos wasn’t … right. I ended up buying a Fuji X-E2, which I adore, but maybe all I needed to do was learn how to up my post-production game?
A station house, opposite Skógafoss
The Binge Cave from Noah
More photos of Iceland
All of the cold weather Toronto is currently experiencing (hello polar vortex!) has reminded me of the last time I was well and truly frozen: the day I walked on a glacier in Iceland.
Mýrdalsjökull (say that 10x fast!) was one of the stops that the South Shore Adventure tour made on a day-long journey around that part of the country. This photo is not in black and white: this is exactly how it looked that day! It was very rainy and it seemed as though the clouds came right down to the earth. The black that you see is actually ash from when the somewhat nearby Eyjafjallajökull erupted the previous year.
It’s been well over six months since I visited Iceland, and I realize now that I’ve waited to long to recount my time there. As I was only in the country for a few days, I didn’t really have a chance to become familiar with where I was going or what I was seeing. The trip was a stopover on the way home to Toronto from London, and so I tried to cram as much in as possible. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas!
Being a solo traveller, tours like these are an invaluable way to get out and see an unfamiliar country. While I would much have preferred to rent a car and travel about with friends on my own, that wasn’t an option on this trip. In addition to this day-long tour, I also took the Golden Circle tour that everyone who passes through Iceland takes. These photos are my favourite from the South Shore Adventure trip that I took with Reykjavik Excursions on my third day.
When I thought about what Reykjavik would be like, I pictured quaint and colourful clapboard houses and stores. I definitely didn’t think that was covered in wall murals, friendly monsters and robots! The morning I left to come home, I wandered around downtown taking pictures, getting so lost in time that I almost missed my shuttlebus to the airport!
The very first day I spent in Iceland, I went on Rekyavik Excursion’s Golden Circle day trip. Offered by several tour companies, this is the trip that every visitor to Iceland takes, and for good reason. After being picked up at your hotel, you are bused about to see waterfalls, geysir, and to this place, Þingvellir, the part of the land that is slowly, and literally, tearing the country in two.