Snæfellsnes peninsula pokes out into the northern reaches of the North Atlantic Ocean. A glacier-capped 700,000 year old stratovolcano dominates the landscape in this national park, where craters rise up out of the cooled lava flows extending out to the ocean. I drove out to the western cliffs of Snæfellsnes peninsula to photograph the waves crashing against the basalt.
Ocean Waves on Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland
After visiting Gulfoss we drove west back towards Reykjavik and stopped for a quick walk to Öxarárfoss, a waterfall in Þingvellir National Park. The falls cascade over basalt cliffs into the fault line/ravine along the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that separates the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. As a geoscientist and a photographer, this location was particularly exciting to visit for me. I clearly wasn’t the only one who wanted to see the falls- I ‘had to’ sit and just enjoy the view while waiting for a group of photographers to move on to their next stop before I could shoot panoramas of the falls from a variety of angles without interruption.
Öxarárfoss and Rocks, Þingvellir National Park, Iceland (18″x44″)
After photographing Gulfoss from below, I walked up the stairs and out onto the plateau above the canyon to photograph the river as it enters the falls.
Gulfoss Plateau, southwest Iceland (18″x58″)
In late May, I traveled to Iceland to hike and take photographs. We first visited Gulfoss, a giant set of falls in the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. Iceland has become much more popular to visit since my last visit 9 years ago, so finding an unobstructed view of the cascading water can be difficult. Furthermore, even in late spring and early summer, strong winds and near constant spitting rain make it hard to keep the camera lens dry while taking long-exposure photographs.
Gulfoss Upper Cascades, southwest Iceland (16″x42″)
Here is another coastal bulb panorama (but this time from the Atlantic coast). I took this series of photographs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on a cool, wet weekend in late November. Perfect for a quiet evening of photography.
I have found that stitching together sunrise/sunset bulb exposures to make a panoramic photograph is quite difficult. Although I maintained the 30-second exposure for each frame in the panorama below, the dusk lighting constantly changed as I composed the separate frames of the image. When I stitched the images together, the tones of the ocean did not match at the edges of the images, likely due to both the changing light as well as the different number of waves captured in each frame. After a black and white conversion, I think this photograph turned out well, but I still need to improve my bulb panoramas at the golden hour. Below the panorama I also included a single-frame color photograph of the waves and the sun at sunset.
Sun, Waves, and Rocks, La Jolla, CA (12″x18″)
Here is another single-frame bulb photograph from the La Jolla coast. I took this photo from the same tripod position as last week’s image, just with a slightly different exposure.
La Jolla Rocks and Pulling Waves, La Jolla, CA (12″x18″)
I spend most of my time taking photographs while hiking, backpacking, and climbing in the deserts and mountains of landlocked states in the American West. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to travel to the coast and practice taking one of my favorite types of photographs: the long-exposure (bulb) photograph of ocean waves on rocks. Here is one of my favorite bulb pieces from my brief trip to the California coast a few weeks ago. I will post more panoramas and single-frame photos from this series in the coming weeks.
La Jolla Rocks and Falling Waves, La Jolla, CA (12″x18″)
As a photographer living in the Sonoran Desert, I get particularly excited about having an opportunity to take pictures of the ocean. I stopped along the coast to take a few long-exposure photographs of the water at sunset while on a trip to Vancouver Island in the fall. Here is my favorite panorama from the series.
The dilapidated Standard Oil Products building and sign always catch my eye while driving through northern Arizona and the Navajo Nation on US 160. I have been trying to put together a series on time, erosion, and the human/natural landscape in rural Arizona- I think I’ll use this photo in the series. I took one short and one long exposure to try to capture the sense of time in the photograph. Which do you prefer?