On August 1st I started my 20th Anniversary Sabbatical from Adobe. I knew I would be off work from the 1st till the middle of September 2016, but I really didn't plan any major trips. A weekend here and there, but nothing exciting. I was perfectly fine doing a staycation as I had just recently moved into my new house and there's plenty to do at home. Around the middle of August I get a call from my good friend Scott Kelby and he said, "Hey do you want to go to Iceland to shoot?" My response was "when do we leave?" Scott needed to shoot some new pictures for his upcoming book and I'm always looking for a chance to shoot in amazing locations, especially those locations that I haven't traveled to before. We picked dates that worked for both of us and I booked my tickets! Let's do this...
Up and on location before the sun rose at 6:10 am. This means being up and out of the hotel around 5 am. By the way, this is the single biggest reason that I'm not a landscape photographer. I hate getting up early! However, you don't want to miss these shots.
Although this isn't a portfolio worthy shot I just like looking at the ice.
You only have a few minutes of golden hour to shoot, you have to be there and ready.
More random ice that I like looking at.
Loving how surprisingly calm the water was. Occasionally a seal would screw up the shot by causing ripples in the water, but hey that's where they live. Deal with it!
These large chunks of ice wash up on the black sand beach just waiting to be photographed.
They are about 2-5 feet in size.
Some are clear (no air trapped inside) and others aren't.
Although it sounds like it should be cold here, the temp was above freezing anywhere from 37-46 degrees Fahrenheit
Although we both brought brand new boots to go over our shoes for some reason we didn't wear them and the first big wave caught Scott off guard and his feet were drenched.
They look like big diamonds.