The 9th DLR Photography Competition, Arnarstapi and other stories..

The 9th Digital Lightroom Competition launched a few weeks ago.  Otto Von Munchow kindly came up with a theme for the competition and will be judging the shortlist.  The theme is Blowing in the Wind and the prize is Topaz Lab’s Complete Collection.  An amazing prize and an interesting theme to work with.  Over the holidays why not get out with the camera with this theme in mind or perhaps dig through the archives?  Entry is easy and free.  You can find all the details on the Digital Lightroom website.  Good luck! :-)

These pictures, along with the pictures in the last two posts, were all taken on the same day over about 4 hours.  The days are short in Iceland this time of year but I’ve never worked so hard as a photographer.  The conditions were just perfect and I was determined to make the most of them.

Landscape photography is all about the way light plays on the landscape.  The right light is something we can’t rely on. Having just spent a week in the west of Cornwall faced with flat grey skies for most of the week, finding inspiration can be hard and although, when we set out with a camera there is always a photograph to be found somewhere, it might not be the photograph we set out to take.  This subject was discussed very eloquently recently on i-Sighting, an excellent blog that always contains useful information, tips and advice on all things photography. As Andy pointed out in the post, we should always have a plan B but when Plan A comes together, we really do have to make the most of it. I was exhausted by the end of the afternoon but I had an awful lot of pictures to work with.  I hope you enjoy this selection..

Rainbow, Open Road, Arnarstapi, Iceland35mm f/4.5 1/320 sec. ISO-100

spaceThe Open Road, Snæfellsnes, Iceland52mm f/11 1/320 sec. ISO-100

spaceArnarstapi, Snæfellsnes, Iceland24mm f/4.5 1/60 sec. ISO-100

spaceArnastapi Harbour, Snæfellsnes, Iceland24mm f/11 1/25 sec. ISO-100

spaceSnæfellsnes, Iceland24mm f/11 1/4 sec. ISO-100

spaceMalarif, Snæfellsnes, Iceland32mm f/11 1/8 sec. ISO-100

spaceRoad from Arnarstapi, Snæfellsnes, Iceland26mm f/11 1/6 sec. ISO-100


50 responses

  1. Amazing! Just imagine it in black and white!

    December 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    • Thank you Ashley. I do occasionally work in black and white, sometimes it suits a particular shot but for the most part I prefer colour for landscape photography. With your thoughts in mind however, I will convert some of these and perhaps publish a black and white post. :-)

      December 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      • Your very welcome, and that would be awesome to see it in black and white. No matter, it looks great in any color! I just personally prefer black and white in most photos. Right now I’m working on black and white portraits with my film camera at school, hopefully I can post them sometime this week :)

        December 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      • Sounds good! I do like black and white portraiture!

        December 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

  2. That first shot is magnificent……talk about trying to find the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow…..there’s a road leading you right to it!

    December 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    • Thank you Mark! It was just one of those moments..! :-)

      December 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  3. Beautiful selection of images! I know exactly what you mean by flat grey skies… I mostly photograph in Finland and in winter days are here equally short as in Iceland. The skies are often overcast too. However, there is always something to capture. Perhaps it’s more a matter of attitude than waiting for the “perfect” day to photograph : )

    December 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    • Thank you Nina! I absolutely agree with you. If we were to just wait for the perfect day, particularly in more northern latitudes, we’d be waiting a long time. It is all a matter of attitude and working with the weather you have. When the light is just right though, we have to make the most of it. :-)

      December 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  4. I really adore these images! The quality you produce is simply stunning.

    December 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    • Thank you very much Laura! Much appreciated!

      December 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      • You’re welcome :)

        December 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  5. Fantastic images, Adrian. I love the way the rainbow comes up out of the very centre of the road. :)

    December 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia! Sometimes things just come together! :-)

      December 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  6. I love the 2nd last image. Full of life!

    December 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    • It was invigorating and uplifting to be on that beach Marina! Thank you! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

  7. Wow! Wonderful images, Adrian.

    December 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    • Thank you very much Isabel! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

  8. stunning…love the perspective.

    December 22, 2014 at 12:25 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

  9. Absolutely wonderful photographs! The light and composition in each one is lovely.

    December 22, 2014 at 4:09 am

    • Thank you very much Angeline! Much appreciated! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

  10. RMW

    Really amazing work, simply stunning!

    December 22, 2014 at 6:05 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

  11. Super.My favorite is the photo with the rainbow.Merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    • Thank you very much Lou! And a Merry Christmas to you too! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

  12. poppytump

    It’s quite another world out there . Conquering the time limitations et al you’ve really shown us some unbelievably gorgeous landscapes in this series ChillB x Just imagine what lies ahead in a few weeks time … I believe there’s nothing quite like making trip plans on the dreariest of winter days ;-)

    December 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    • Thank you very much Poppy. This was a particularly amazing day. Making plans for the next visit are certainly a good way of dispelling the December blues! :-)

      December 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  13. Each one has appeal and draws me into the vastness of the landscape. I feel the sense of isolation and wonder. Happy winter holidays.

    December 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    • Thank you so much Sally! I’m so glad I’m able to communicate some measure of this stunning landscape to you. Have a wonderful holiday season!

      December 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

  14. some stunning shots :)

    December 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    • Thank you Joshi!

      December 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  15. I’ve run out of words for your photography, Adrian…they all sound so lame when trying to describe what you share with us…incredible work….

    December 23, 2014 at 2:36 am

    • Thank you very much Scott! You’re very kind!

      December 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

      • Most welcome, Adrian…so inspiring….

        December 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

  16. That’s a lot of weather in four hours! My personal favourites are the first (the rainbow of course!) and last for the feeling of space, freedom and the glory of nature.

    December 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    • Thank you Noeline. Space was one of the reasons I think I loved Iceland so much. We are so crowded here in the UK now, especially down here in Cornwall. It’s changed so much in the 8 years I’ve been here. The building of new homes continues unabated despite the infrastructure not being there to support all these people. The traffic through St Austell moves at a snail’s pace all day long and the queues for the supermarket car parks has to be seen to be believed. Yes the space in Iceland was luxurious! I’d love to take a bike round the Island. I wonder if you can hire them. I’ll have to look into that. Maybe a gap in the market if not but it would be seasonal of course with all that snow and ice about. :-)

      December 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      • It’s a popular place for motorcyclists too so I’m sure you could hire one. Don’t know about the cost though!

        December 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      • I’ll do some research! :-)

        December 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  17. The Iceland photos are so very beautiful. I can imagine you were tired! Flat gray skies are very common hereabouts in winter so it can be challenging. Today we had rain, too, so I ducked into a conservatory and had fun with details of leaves and flowers, always favorite subjects. And I got nice and warm! I love the open road so the 1st and 2nd here grab me – the first one is amazing! And the feeling of shelter in the 4th with the boats safely secured but that huge country beyond, with all its power. I know you’ll be going back to Iceland asap!

    December 29, 2014 at 12:43 am

    • Thank you Lynn! The flights are booked!! I can’t wait to get back in fact my next trip is just 8 weeks away! :-)

      December 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

  18. Wow! You had a very productive 4hr purple patch, these pictures are glorious.

    December 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    • Thank you Finn! It was a busy but very enjoyable 4 hours! :-)

      December 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      • Indeed!

        Happy New year to you and yours Adrian.

        December 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      • And to you Finn, thank you! Happy New Year!

        December 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

  19. Fantastic images from Iceland! Bravo!

    December 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    • Thank you very much John!

      December 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  20. Magic light and landscapes!

    January 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    • Thank you again Karen. The light when the sun came out was sublime. A golden hour that last for the full six hours of daylight. Wonderful.

      January 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

  21. One image more marvelous than the last!

    January 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    • Thank you Elena! :-)

      January 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm