Iceland

Glanzlichter Photo Competition 2015

I’m very proud to announce, that my image Waves in the Sand is one of the winning images of the Glanzlichter Photo Competition 2015 in the category Magnificent Wilderness.

The Glanzlichter Photo Competition is one of the biggest Nature Photo Competitions. Out of more than 21,790 submissions a total of 83 winning images were chosen in 8 categories. After several judging rounds the last 30 photos in each category were individually discussed and assessed.

The award ceremony will be at this year’s 17. Internationalen Fürstenfelder Naturfototagen from 14.-17. May 2015 in the event forum in Fürstenfeldbruck.

My Iceland Adventure is Over

My Iceland adventure has come to an end (for now). I think back to the last six months with countless impressions and experiences and many new friends I gained on Iceland. It was a wonderful time and I’m so thankful for that.

The processing of the thousands of images will probably take me some months. My plan is to prepare a spectacular presentation, maybe another photo book and many other projects.

This is one of the many memories I love to think back. Myself surrounded by ancient glacial ice in the most unbelievable colors and structures.

Me and the Icecave

Happy New Year

I wish you all a Happy New Year with this short video clip from the New Year´s Eve fireworks in Reykjavík.

Icelandscapes Snowstorm

On my way to the Snæfellsnes peninsula two days ago I came into a very heavy snowstorm. It was really adventurous to drive the 200km from Reykjavík on the icy road with wind gusts up to 47m/s (170km/h) or even more.

Ending Day at Hvalnesfjall

After a wonderful day shooting a lot of beautiful Icelandic landscapes I enjoyed the Ending of the Day at Hvalnesfjall in South-East Iceland.

Ending Day at Hvalnesfjall

Rising Sun Over Reynisdrangar

It’s been a while since I posted my last picture. I’m very busy traveling around in the whole country shooting fantastic places. This one is located in south Iceland near Vík í Mýrdal. After a cold night sleeping in the car I had a great morning with a beautiful sunrise.

Rising Sun over Reynisdrangar

Colors of Autumn

The last few days winter arrived in Iceland and finally the name of this wonderful country meets it’s expectations.

However, only a few weeks ago the whole country was dipped into beautiful autumn colors. This image was shot at Hraunfossar, which means Lava Waterfalls because the water streams out of the lava field behind it and falls into the Hvítá river beneath.

Bloody Sunrise in Reykjavík

Todays sunrise in Reykjavík was really special. Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun turned the sun blood red and gave some unique colors to the sunrise.

First Northern Lights over Westfjords

Last night I was able to experience the first Northern Lights on my Iceland trip over Ísafjörður in the Westfjords and photograph them.

After I read a short article about the first Norther Light sightings in Iceland the day before, I was gripped by the fever and studied the latest weather and Aurora forecasts. It turned out that the conditions for the upcoming night are very good.

The only problem so far up in the north is currently the sun, which doesn’t set very deep below the horizon. This time of the year there is just a nautical dawn (which means that the sun does not set more than 18° below the horizon) and the sky is thereby not absolutely dark.

Nautical Twilight at Midnight

Nevertheless, I prepared myself for my first Northern Lights hunting. I put my Camera with fully charged batteries and empty memory card (not the other way around ;)), my new fast wide-angle lens, a tripod, a remote release and a lot of patience into my bag. Around 23:30 the sky was still quite bright and you could just see a few bright star.

When I arrived at my observing site, I could see a great play of colors on the horizon. But not the colors of the Northern Lights, but the setting sun. I deeply enjoyed the moment. Only a few minutes later I let my eyes wander over the cloudless sky. But I could still see just a few brighter stars (Vega, Deneb and co.) and a flashing Iridium satellite. But suddenly I noticed a very faint slightly lighter ‘veil’ directly above me. I could not tell if it was a veil of clouds, or indeed the expected Northern Lights.

I immediately took out my camera and took a first test shot and … in fact, it was a first, very faint Northern Light. I could not believe it and was immediately under the spell of this fascinating natural spectacle. The minutes passed and the sky was getting darker. Now I could already see the brightest star constellations. And the northern lights were also getting brighter and more colorful.

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

Northern Lights over Ísafjörður

I watched the dance of colors for a long time and took some pictures. After about 1 1/2 hours I was getting a bit too cold and actually I was not completely healthy. Therefore I decided to go back home with many awesome impressions. I will have enough chances to experience the full power of the Northern Lights the next months of my Iceland trip.

Sjáumst,
Stefan