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Chasing Light

So Dad and I were often seeing these great shots where the light was doing something abnormal or intriguing. Unfortunately  many times were were not able to pull over in time before the moment was lost. This is one of those shots. The original atmosphere that we saw was lost before I could get the camera however I like the mood of this photo anyways.

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    Between Storms

    On our first day of driving through Iceland, Dad and I kept driving through whiteout after whiteout with only glimpses of the area we were driving. This was one of those glimpses.

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      Gullfoss

      Taken In Iceland. Dad will remember this one. Or particularly yelling at me for going outside on to the ice beyond the safety netting.

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        Ice Spikes

        Dad and I are running a pretty tight schedule on our last day in Iceland. I manage to convince him to detour to a lava tube mentioned in Lonely Planet. Eventually we arrive at the spot. You could very easily miss the tiny sign and drive right by it.

        The tube is just a hole in the ground. Dad is pretty hisitant about going in, I’m already  down. It’s not easy going. The snow has build up inside coming in through spots where the roof has caved in. After about 50m Dad says it’s time to go. I’m still moving forward. Dad starts heading back. I climb over another cave-in and..

        “Dad, you have to see this!”

        The whole cave is sparkling. thousands of these ice spikes lit up by a ray of sun coming through the roof. Five minutes and numerous exposures later the sun is gone. The angle means it’s only shining through the hole for about 10 minutes a day.

         

         

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          Untitled

          Dad and I found this beach by accident. In the Lonely Planet guide Dad got for free from the rental agency, there was a small footnote about a hole in the wall cliff with some old stones used to test peoples strength to become fisherman. This was accessed by a tiny unassuming road almost indistinguishable from it’s surroundings from the snow blown over it. After exploring the stones and the hole in the wall we decided to walk the extra 200m over to the beach. The wind was just whipping in and the waves were massive and thundering ashore. With only one other couple there it made the entire experience very surreal as you felt very much at the mercy of the weather around you.

          In a side note, I still maintain the fisherman’s test stones were frozen to the ground. Also, if you are going to Iceland, the Lonely Planet is a must. Without it you will drive past roads you didn’t even know were there and miss some of the best features Iceland has to offer.  This was by far the highlight of the day.

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            Beach Ice

            While we were making our way up the eastern coast, we shared a B&B with a number of people on a photography holiday. The guy running the tour mentioned that if you go to the beach by the glacial lagoon at sunrise you can get some cool shots as it lights up all the glacial ice washed up on shore. Dad chickened out of the morning swim/photography at sunrise so I went alone.

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              Farmhouse

              For the first three days of our trip, Dad and I were constantly driving through whiteout conditions that obscured not only the road ahead of us but the entire landscape around us. It was like being covered in a bright white sheet. At the same time there was method to the madness as at every point of interest this sheet was lifted without fail for five to ten minutes giving us spectacular views of the country around us and usually a perfect view of what we came to see. We were inverse storm chasing catching glimpses of spectacular scenery and on the whole, appreciating it more as we never grew accustom to our surroundings.

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                Shifting Snow

                One of the things we saw a lot of in Iceland was light snow running across the ground like a fluid. At sunset, it would light up orange like a grass-fire and run across the horizon. This shot was taken as we came off the Skaftafellsjokull arm of the Vatnajokull glacier (the largest glacier in Iceland).

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