Even on a day without rain, a constant mist filled the air in Iceland providing a moody landscape saturated with the colours of grass and moss.
At the cliff’s edge in Arnarstapi, the churning sea carved out a cave in the columnar basalt. I inched towards the edge trying to get over this little piece of land that was blocking a clear view through to the cave, but this is as close as I dared to get!
Since it was fairly bright in the middle of the afternoon, I had to use my 4 stop ND filter to block enough light to allow for the long exposure. Even then I had to use a fairly small aperture of f/18 to get the slow shutter speed. I love the way the long exposure makes the water blur to convey the motion of the waves.
A short stroll away, hundreds of years of crashing waves eroded a large rock into a rugged arch known as Gatklettur or Arch Rock.
I used the same technique here with the ND filter and small aperture combined to get an exposure of one second.
As much as I loved the cliffs and seaside, I was delighted by the fishing harbour just a short distance away. From my position on the docks, I was able to photograph this cute little white house at the base of Mount Stapafell with sea stacks in the foreground.
I got into the habit of switching cameras rather than switching lenses in the damp environment to prevent getting any water on the sensors. Of course, I still had to switch lenses occasionally, but most of the time I was using my wide angle 11-18mm on the Sony A6000, and the 18-55mm on the NEX6. Having the small lightweight mirrorless bodies meant that carrying two cameras around was no problem!
Jackson Frishman says
Great set, Anne! That water flow under the arch is really beautiful.
Michal Lichota says
Are most of your photos made with an A6000? They really have this full frame look….
Anne McKinnell says
Hi Michal, I use both the NEX6 and A6000, both of which are crop sensor cameras. Thanks for your question 🙂