Iceland Day One : Reykjavik to Vik

Looking forward this morning to getting underway on the first day of our winter workshop in Iceland. Last night we had a wonderful welcome dinner at Snaps restaurant in Reykjavic and today after breakfast we are headed to the small coastal town of Vik where we are looking forward to photographing some of Iceland’s amazing basalt columns, black sand beaches and stunning coastal cliffs. Along the way we are planning to stop and photograph the iconic Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls that cascade down the mountainside from the glacier above on their journey to the ocean. Although I have visited and photographed both of these waterfalls many times I always look forward to revisiting them and making new images of what are in many ways the trademark waterfalls of Iceland. The weather today is looking very promising and I can see quite a lot of blue sky from my hotel room as the sun slowly rises over us at 64˚ North in Reykjavik. Time to get rolling…

Leaving for Iceland Winter Workshops

Bags are packed and it is now time to flee to oppressive and seemingly omnipotent heat of the Australian summer for a much preferred sub-Arctic winter in Iceland. As soon as I finish this post I am heading to the airport to begin the long trek to Iceland (this time via London with a stop over in Dubai). Winter has been unseasonably warm in Iceland this year with temperatures hovering around +5 degrees Celsius during the day and then dropping below freezing at night (and lots of rain). I am quietly hoping for a good Arctic blast to dump temperatures into the sub zero range with some fresh snowfall along the coastline. The great news is from all reports the Aurora has really fired up over the last few weeks and we are expecting some fabulous opportunities weather permitting.  Andy Biggs and I hope to post some updates from our workshops over the next month to our blogs as time allows. Its going to be a very exciting winter month in Iceland and I am looking forward to returning to what is my favourite place in the world for landscape photography. Whoops.. thats the taxi out the front. See you in Iceland!

Capture Magazine – Hues in Control?

Australia’s top selling Pro Photography magazine ‘Capture’ has an interesting article on colour management titled ‘Hues in Control’ in their latest March / April 2013 issue.  I was invited to participate in a phone interview to discuss the role of colour management in my own photography and workflow and have been quoted at various points in the article. One of my photographs from Námafjall in Iceland (‘Highway to Hell’) of geothermal features belching sulphur at dawn was chosen as the lead image for the article. A high resolution version of this photograph can be seen on my website.