There were incredible views at every turn. What looked like white specks on the beach were birds that added another dimension to the scene that seemed to go on for miles. We were in Vik, an other worldly landscape only seen in Iceland.
This area of Iceland is spectacularly beautiful any time of year, but I found it especially compelling in the snow.
There are so many reasons to photograph Iceland in Winter. The stark contrast between the volcanic black sand and the snow, the ice caves and the aurora borealis to name a few. You can only see these scenes in winter.
Waves crashed against the sea stacks while birds glided in and out of the rocks looking for food. How was I going to catch my breath and capture this amazing scene?
I found it best to take a moment and drink in the view. If you are viewing the country from only behind the lens, you might miss some of the sights and sounds. It was my intention to savor this experience, but also go home with a collection of prized photographs. Here is the blog I wrote before we left on just that subject. I think I succeeded and was able to do both.
What is the key to successful winter photography in this environment? Of course you want to have the right camera equipment (and we provide our clients with an extensive gear list), but you also want to have the right clothes that will assure you are warm and comfortable the whole time. If you are cold or uncomfortable you are not going to be able to get into the creative zone that will allow you to come home with the shot. We took a trip to our local Columbia Outdoor Store and stocked up on a good down jacket, a waterproof rain layer, some long underwear, wool socks and a good pair of snow boots. We were comfortable and warm the whole two weeks in Iceland which allowed us to enjoy, be creative and experience the amazing country.
We’d love to share this amazing winter photography adventure with you in February of 2016. We lead small group workshops of 6 -8 adventurous photographers to beautiful incredible scenery and give you just the right amount of encouragement to get the photographs you can be proud to bring home. Jansen Photo Expeditions, Iceland Winter adventure, Feb. 18 – 25, 2017.