High lands


 For those that may be tuning in for the first time, I am Joe shutter: a blogger and photographer based in Iceland.

I pass on what I learn out here through my  tailor-made photo workshops and tutorials. They can be as long or as short as my clients need them to be, and I always go the extra ten miles (or ten hours) to get the shots and get off the beaten track wherever possible. 

If you are interested in a photo workshop/tutorial in Iceland, pleas contact me through my email ( ) or through my Instagram handle @joe_shutter .


So there I was, minding my own business one polite afternoon, when I get a spontaneous message from an Instagrammer with whom I had recently been speaking, @bensimonehn. It went something like this: Lets go somewhere cool, alright then!

And off we went: Before we knew it, we are up in the highlands at near freezing temperatures (its supposed to be summer) and negotiating flash hail storms.  So in between car breaks when we put some life back into our extremities, we grabbed some shots until it got too dark. Here are the results of that escapade

Photography by Joe Shutter and Ben Simon

For your enjoyment,

Joe Shutter

The View From The Road

Very little to say here, ladies and gentlemen: just the next instalment of mine and Frank's journey around Iceland.

Since the last past contained so many portraits, I have eschewed the portraits altogether in favour of what I was able the grab from the car window on the way out.

For your enjoyment,

Joe Shutter

Photography by Joe Shutter

Reykjanes & New Friends

Over Iceland airwaves, I met a guy called Frank. This was the first day that frank and I really started to shoot together. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we knew we had to do something bigger: two days later, we set of on a great adventure around the whole ring road of Iceland.  it was a heck of journey. Full story coming soon.

For now, take in these shots from our first day out shooting together in Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula. We were even lucky enough to catch the northern lights over the moss fields.

For your enjoyment, 

Joe Shutter

Photography by Joe Shutter and Rock Scissors Taper 

Hunting for the Fire in the Sky

Oftentimes, when one sees photographs of the aurora borealis, one sees the most spectacular, beautiful images. However, the reality of the aurora e pertinence is somewhat difficulty, in my 2 or so years in Iceland, I've seen the most spectacular auroras only twice. The more moderate displays don't make them any less beautiful, and they do show the range of the experience possible, under different conditions. 

This night in late October was one such day: after an insta-meet with @rezzzzzzz_photo and @rockscissorstaper , the results below were the highlights of our adventure. It was an all-nighter of cloud chasing and long exposures, taking us two hours away from Reykjavik all the way up to the snæfulsnes peninsula. Check out their Instagram handles. They are both excellent photographers.

With that, I shall stop.

Thanks for stopping by,

Joe Shutter