Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Iceland is Panorama Heaven

If you look at a world map, Iceland might appear to be a small country.  Of course, on paper it is, but when you consider its population is only 330,000,  the size of a small town in Europe, you can appreciate that it's thinly-populated.  Which makes it feel larger than life when driving through its almost deserted landscapes. Which makes it excellent for landscape photography, and of course, wide scene panoramas.

This is Hvalfjord, about 80kms from Reykjavik. Though it used to host a NATO submarine base (you can just see the old fuel tanks in this shot) it remains one of the most starkly beautiful spots in Iceland. It was very hard to stop shooting more than eight sections to this panorama...
It's pretty clear why Iceland is such a big favourite for so many film makers wanting a different landscape. This is a moonscape seen on the drive from Egilsstadir to Myvatn.
Extinct craters are everywhere alone the tectonic rift that runs through the centre of Iceland.
Here's one photographed from another at Bifrost on the road north of Reykjavik
Apart from stunning open country, Iceland has its share of beautiful little fishing villages.
This is the picture postcard village of Dalvik in the Northern Fjords.
Jokulsarlon lagoon, West Iceland.
While a wide shot of this berg might have sufficed, I'd have had to crop the foreground and sky heavily.
A simple two-frame panorama worked just as well.
Here's a quick five-frame panorama from the tiny hill at the entrance to the lagoon.
Not the best panorama I have ever made but one that sets the scene nicely.

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