Iceland in 16 Days: Day 5, East Fjords – Bakkagerði

Feature Image Details: Canon 16-35MM F4 L lens at 19MM, F/18, 0.3 seconds. I used a B+W Circular Polarizer to remove reflections from the rocks.

We spent our fifth night in Bakkagerði. The trip from Seydisfjordur was cloudy the entire way as was sunrise the next morning. I got up but the clouds were dense and I went back to bed for some much needed rest.

Clouds broke around noon and I took images of a stream in the East Fjords somewhere near Bakkagerði.

Arctic terns nested somewhere near that stream. They dive bombed me to let me know I was not welcome. Unlike the Jökulsárlón Arctic Tern Nesting Site where 50 or more terns might dive bomb you at once, I only had a couple to deal with at this stream.

Bakkagerði Farm

Farm Scene Details: Canon 100-400 MM F 4.5-5.6 L lens at 114MM. ISO 100, F/14, 1/160 second.

I have a love-hate relationship with polarizers. They do a wonderful job of removing glare but they also enhance unevenness in blue skies.

It took me a long time to smooth out the sky in the feature image, but the polarizer greatly enhanced the color in the rocks. People use polarizers to “enhance” skies, but I hate the effect. I am waiting for someone to come out with a “depolarizer” filter for Lightroom and Photoshop to clean up skies.

If I could do this over again, I would take a pair of images one with the polarizer and one without, then blend them in Photoshop.

Don’t just think of polarizers on sunny days. My favorite time to use polarizers is actually a cloudy day in the fall, with a stream and lots of colorful red and yellow leaves on the ground. Try it. Polarizers will do wonders for your images, especially of wet leaves.

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Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Iceland in 16 Days: Day 4, East Fjords – Seydisfjordur – Scenic Fishing Village

Seydisfjordur the “Prettiest East Fjord Town”

I found out about Seydisfjordur in the Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Iceland book. Its listing of 10 Charismatic towns described Seydisfjordur as follows: “Chocolate-box wooden architecture makes Seydisfjordur the prettiest East Fjord town”.

With that description, we had to go.

Image Details: Canon 24-105MM F4 L lens at 50MM, ISO 320 F/13, 0.6 seconds.

As I mentioned in my Iceland Guide I highly recommend several books and eBooks before you go.

We planned our trip starting with an eBook Forever Light: Landscape Photographers Guide to Iceland.

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Here is set of images from Seydisfjordur.

The two interior images were taken at the Borgarholl Arts & Crafts shop. We purchased some woolen items.

The shop also served as the owners home. She was gracious to let me photograph the interior of her house.

For those shots I used my Canon 16-35MM F4 L lens, one at 24MM the other at 32MM. Exposure was about 1 second each at ISO 125.

The fishing boats leave very early in the morning and may not be back in harbor until the afternoon. I shot those images just after midnight. Lights came on just a bit later, not that they were needed. The glow in the second image is from the lights. At 1:00AM the fishermen headed out to sea.

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