So, two thirds of the way through my autumn programme of photography workshops. Just two more to go – Exmoor in Autumn, and Dartmoor in Autumn. The first is supposed to be happening tomorrow (21st Oct), but with Storm Brian soon to sweep through the course has been postponed to Sunday. The Dartmoor workshop will follow next weekend, on 28th October. After that, apart from the occasional personalised one-to-ones it’ll be the winter ‘recess’, until the courses kick off again next spring.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos from two of the courses I’ve run in the past few weeks – Jurassic Coast landscapes on 7th Oct, and Wildlife Photography (which I ran for the Royal Photographic Society), on 14th Oct. I hope you like the photos.
As always, Iceland did not disappoint during this year’s tour, delivering up plenty of spectacular landscapes, coasts and waterfalls, along with some very challenging weather conditions. With weather forecasts changing every five minutes, we found ourselves regularly dodging showers, sheltering our cameras from rain and spray, reluctant to use tripods in the ‘bracing’ winds.
The upside of the conditions was that we saw more rainbows than you could shake a camera at, generating some wonderfully colourful and dramatic scenes. It all added to the mood of the wild and rugged landscapes for which Iceland is so rightly renowned – absolutely a landscape photographer’s dream, at least for those who like nature in the raw, and indeed still in the making.
This year’s tour concentrated on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, a 100km-long finger of land pointing into the North Atlantic from Iceland’s west coast. A mountainous and volcanic peninsula, much of the photography took in a few of the many waterfalls, rugged mountain scenes, lava fields and surf-pounded coastal lava cliffs.
The aurora forecasts for the week were rather low, and as predicted we got to see Northern Lights on just one night; a modest performance in the sky above the church in the village of Hellnar.
The return trip towards Reykjavik took a huge detour inland, passing the lovely Hraunfossar Falls (arguably one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls), and then passing along the wild and desolate Kaldidalur valley, skirting the western edge of the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest ice-cap.
Talking of Reykjavik, we also took in some architectural photography in this attractive city, shooting the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church and the shoreside Suncraft sculpture.