Haifoss - 22 Sept 2016, Highlands Photographic Tour of Iceland

Haifoss-  22 Sept 2016, Highlands Photographic Tour of Iceland, Muench Workshops

We left Reykjavik under heavy clouds after an incredible windy and stormy night.  On our drive into the Highlands, we passed through every weather system that mother nature could offer us.  It was not long until we began to see fresh snow on the mountain tops.  I must admit, I started thinking COLD however, I knew that the change in weather would bring wonderful shooting opportunities.  Everyone was in awe of the dramatic landscapes we passed through as we started the final climb into the Highlands of Iceland.  Are you guys ready to push some buttons? I really didn’t have to ask.

The waterfall Háifoss (Tall Falls) is situated near the volcano Hekla in the south of Iceland. Háifoss (Tall Falls) is a moderate to high volume waterfall found along the Fossá as it plunges from a high plateau into a massive canyon to meet the valley of the Þjorsá further downstream. The river actually splits into two channels about 4/5th of a kilometer upstream from the falls, and when they reach the rim of the canyon, form two side-by-side waterfalls. The larger volume channel creates Háifoss, which takes the form of a nearly sheer plunge of 396-feet in height.

Walking beyond the normal viewpoints of the falls will gift you with an incredible downstream canyon view that is often overlooked.  For me, it was more spectacular than just the waterfall along.

Shooting details:  Hasselblad H6D50c, HCD 28mm, ISO 100, 1/6 sec at f/11, Lee Little Stopper with 0.9 Soft edge graduated neutral density filter to bring out some of the dramatic clouds and created a more balanced exposure ratio.

Kirkjufellsfoss – In the shadow of Kirkjufell

We worked this area twice trying to capture the normally seen images as well as searching for something more personal and seldom seen.  Unfortunately, this means getting wet – really wet.  I spied a small cave (of sorts) behind the waterfall last year however, the conditions were not really the best (too much spray).  This time, I went really went prepared armed with knee high much boots and rain gear for me and my camera.  So off I go with Jim in tow.  Battling spray from the waterfall, it was a constant effort to keep the filters clean.

The image below is a three shot pano with an overlap of about 35-40%.  Thank goodness I really went heavy on the overlap as my YELLOW rag (covering the camera) found its way into the left of each of the frames for the second and third exposure.  The extra overlay allowed me to crop out the rag before starting the photomerge for the panorama.

Shooting details:  Hasselblad H6D50c, HCD 28mm, ISO 100, 1.3 seconds @ f/11.  Lee Little Stopper and B+W circular polarizer.  Note: This shot also required two changes in the focus point (manual focusing) as I rotated the camera.

Kirkjufell At Dawn

Kirkjufell at dawn. After staying in for an hour or two at breakfast, we decided to venture out into the rain in hopes of some clearing. Luck was again on our side and we had only a very slight drizzle once we arrived at our location. With everyone prepared for the weather and high tide on our side, we hit the bay next to Kirkjufell for some reflection work. This area has been very productive for me in the past and the clouds really added to the morning shoot affording me a different look than my previous images. I love going where other people seldom go (everyone and their brother was across the street trying to shoot the waterfalls at high tide.....how funny).

While at the site, we discussed focus stacking and the use of anchor points to make the image stronger. Big thanks to Jim for spotting the perfect rock. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and just a little bit on the damp side.

While at the site, we discussed focus stacking and the use of anchor points to make the image stronger. Big thanks to Jim for spotting the perfect rock. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and just a little bit on the damp side.

“Chruch Mountain” in English, is located on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður.  Rising 463 meters above sea level, Kirkjufell is one of the most icon images of Iceland.  As such, it is often covered with photographers and sightseers looking for that special image.  GPS Latitude: 64.927361 GPS Longitude: -23.307352

Hasselblad H6D50c, HCD 28mm, ISO 100, f/8.0 at 25 seconds, Lee Little Stopper.

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Off to a great pre-Highlands trip in Iceland

Arrived into Reykjavik safely after a lovey 7 hour direct flight from Seattle on Iceland Air. Shortly after landing I connected with my clients and off we went, heading for Snaefellsnes Peninsular. Traveling through Borgarnes to Grundarfjordur, reminded me of Seattle - wet and windy. As our luck would have it, the rain stopped and gave us a wonderful photo op at Barnafoss.

Onward to Grundarfjörður's beautiful landmark, Kirkjufell. Most likely the most photographed icon in Iceland, it was one of our focus points for this 4 day trip.

The weather has generally been stormy and we have been chasing light for the past several days with hopeful clearing tomorrow.

The new Hasselblad H6D50c is my new love and is working like a champ. I cant wait to photograph from the air with it in a few days.

Ill hope to start posting some images later tonight, as time permits. For now, here is a tease from my cell phone. Wait until you see this baby.