We planned our trip to Iceland for June when there is the maximum amount of beautiful golden light. Since the sun never gets too low on the horizon, it is light all the time. It never gets dark! It is also the month with the least rainfall. With all this golden light and potentially less rainfall, our plan was to photograph all night (from 10pm to 4 am) and sleep during the day. It was a good plan, but it had one big flaw. Iceland is almost always cloudy. So much so that many nights the light wasn’t so beautiful. What could I do? I decided to shift gears and work on black & white photography, a genre I have mostly ignored.
I did a quick search online and found a reasonable definition:
Great black and white photography is all about telling a story, highlighting a subject, and expressing emotions, without the distraction of colors. It is not about shooting subjects that lack color to start with.
I tried keeping this in mind during each of our photo shoots. The following are my results.
Gatklettur Arch at Arnarstarpi
Roadside Ruin in Snaefellsness
Photographers love old decrepit buildings. We are drawn to them like moths to a flame. This building was no exception.
Kirkafoss & Kirkafel
This scene of waterfall and mountain is sought by nearly every Icelandic visitor. (Did you know that this is the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland?)
The most important part of this photo is the reflection of Vestrahorn in wet sand. I suppose I could have trimmed the clouds as they are not the main attraction. But I do love their ominous feel.
Eystrahorn is just 45 minutes north of its brother, Vestrahorn. In some ways it is more impressive.
Color or black and white, what is your pleasure?