Iceland in 16 Days: Day 7, North Iceland, North Iceland, Hverir Geothermal Area

After photographing Goðafoss at sunset and sunrise (see Iceland in 16 Days: Day 7, North Iceland, Goðafoss Waterfall) we drove back to Reykjahlid.

I dropped off my wife Liz at the hotel and went on to the Hverir Geothermal Area. If I had to do this again in two nights, I would have spent sunrise and sunset at Selfoss/Dettifoss, then sunset at Goðafoss, then scramble to get back to Hverir for sunrise.

These images were taken an hour or so after sunrise. The light was still beautiful, but I have visions of of pink steam rising from these vents at dawn. I do not know if that happened or not.

Feature Image: Canon 14MM F2.8 L Lens, F/16 1/10 of a second at ISO 100.

I cannot say enough about Canon’s 14MM lens. It is beautifully sharp, and fast, with a maximum aperture of F2.8.

Super wide angle lenses like this require a different approach.

  1. You have to be right on top of your subject
  2. You need something interesting in the foreground
  3. You need something interesting in the background (typically the sky or mountains)
  4. It is critical to pick a spot where everything is in focus

Hverir Geothermal Area Slideshow

Click on any image for larger images in slideshow fashion.

The feature image and the last two images above were shots with a Canon 14MM lens. I am inches away from that steam vent in the final image. The other images were taken with a Canon 16-35MM F4 L Lens at varying focal lengths.

Depth of field on Canon’s 14MM lens at F16 is amazing. I used manual focus (as I normally do with landscape photography) to ensure focus is where I want.

As I pointed out in my Iceland Guide, it would have been better to spend a minimum of three days in the Reykjahlid/Lake Myvaten area. There is much to do and lots of things we did not see.

However, we had prearranged plans in Husavik.


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Mike “Mish” Shedlock