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learning landscapes *iceland*

5 March 2014

After our relaxing night at The Blue Lagoon Hotel we hit the road, heading south-east. Despite the landscape being barren, it still varies around the bays, as does the weather. We had the most perfect balance of half bright sunny days and half foggy days – making my husband and I very happy photographers. It makes me so giddy with joy that we continue to share photography but develop and experiment with our own styles. I think it’s wonderful that we don’t want to shoot the same, it makes for surprises and admiration all round. My eyes adore grey skies for being pain-free and my husband enjoys capturing the brightness of the sun and blue skies. It is fascinating to go through our photos taken at the same time in the same location, as our different perspectives shine through so vividly in our composition, light preferences, interpretation of landscapes and selection of subjects. This has made a wonderful gift for me – I can relive the experience with his imagery and see it in a new way and discover more of what I missed. And together we can show our loved ones our Iceland. Given I have severe tunnel vision, landscape photography is the least natural style for me, as it is not how I see at all. Before our trip, I wondered how I would capture it, but I was determined to rise to this challenge. On this adventure I realised that I sought leading lines and simplicity to help me comprehend the lay of the land, to help my eyes compose, to give them rest from overwhelm too. As you can see above, I also took photos of the bright sunny days, but almost always with the sun behind me. I relished the freedom that came with such expansive, seemingly untouched plains – the freedom to explore the surroundings – the wind, the grass, the rocks, the mountains, the ground underfoot, the cold, the smells, the absence of people and cars – the landscape as I saw and felt it.

P.S. This was the first Icelandic horse of many = happy me! More coming Jane!

10 Responses
  1. March 6, 2014

    These compositions are pared back to the essential – a stunning reflection of this dramatic landscape, and very powerful images. Love them!

  2. March 6, 2014

    Enjoyed this chapter of your travels. Cheers to half foggy days!

  3. March 6, 2014

    The light and colours of the landscape are so lovely. I am used to seeing pictures of Iceland covered with snow! The contrast between the flat land and the mountains is so striking. Sarah x

  4. March 6, 2014

    Lovely photos, I especially love the one with just a hint of a rainbow, and the last one is stunning.
    Nice to find your blog.

  5. March 6, 2014

    That’s such a beautiful set of landscapes! Your pictures are really beautiful and inspiring. You seem to have had a very good time there, and now I want to go visit as well :) Thanks for sharing this experience with us!

  6. Megan permalink
    March 7, 2014

    Lucent I’m loving the Iceland series and especially that you loved it so much. Words and photos are perfection as usual.

  7. March 8, 2014

    These are exquisite. I love learning how you mastered taking landscape photos, which you truly have done here. They are amazing. I too love the one with the little bit of rainbow, and that pony, ah so sweet. So well done and written, all of it!

  8. March 10, 2014

    Such hauntingly beautiful landscapes. I enjoy the quiet and emptiness — and the grey skies that are pain-free to the eyes! — from your images.

    I agree with you on the different perspectives of two persons photographing the same location. We all see the world quite differently, don’t we?

    Iceland is one of the places I may never get to visit. Thank you for taking me along!

    P.S. Is that beautiful black lab yours?

  9. March 10, 2014

    This is gorgeous Lucent…sorry I missed it when you originally posted it! The light is beautiful and your photos capture it perfectly. Love that hairy little horse x

  10. March 12, 2014

    Aaahhh! Spectacular! Your images are truly stunning.

    Clare x

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