Rust and Ruin

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 at page bottom or through Instagram on the sidebar

Back to the good old Iceland blogging stuff after the madness of Sonar. 

Pulling up by the side of the road (making sure you are completely off the road, of course) somewhere on the way to Skaftafell brings us to an abandoned farm:  there are a few of these around Iceland, mare than a few, more than many, and they are all quite fascinating.

So near yet so far: solid ground often turns out to be very boggy and saturated. Waterproof shoes are a must. Poor Frank didn't have any, so he ended up hopping between grassy mounds above the water level while I stood more than ankle deep in the water photographing it all.

Good fun all round. 

Photogrophy by Joe shutter and Rock Scissors Taper

For your enjoyment,

Joe Shutter

Weight of Water, Wet and Windy

Its only 500 meters from Seljalandsfoss, but Gljufarfoss exists in a warld of its own. It’s a small waterfall that falls into a cave. Open at the top, as the water falls, air is drawn down. This means windy. And wet. And wet and windy.

Shooting in here is a nightmare: you have exactly three seconds from a dry to a wet lens. Take tissues. You will got wet too, if you visit. Take a weather sealed camera or put it inside some kind of waterproof bag.

Poor Frank got soaked to the bone, it even got into his shoes! My (self) waxed leather Belstaff kept me dry on top, the car seat warmer taking care of the rest. It was totally worth it

Here are the shots.

Photography by Joe Shutter and Rock Scissors Taper

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

Fun and Snow

It's well known that the weather in Iceland is unpredictable. This is a pain, some of the time. Other times, it yield lovely blankets of snow which last only a day or two. Whe I visited this exact location a week later, it was all gone.

This mine and Frank's second "test" day, and it was the day be fare we hit the road all the way around. 

So I (rather, we, or maybe just I) decided to bring out the inner lifestyle blogger and grab a selection of shots from this serene moment. I enlisted Frank's help for this.

Photography by Joe Shutter & Rock Scissors Taper

For your enjoyment,

Fram Joe Shutter

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