Iceland - Weather Unknown

June 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

All good things come to those who wait...and wait...and wait.  That's what it felt like for the first 4 days in Iceland.  We landed Monday morning to great skies with some nice clouds.  By the time we reached Vik, we had 80-100km/h winds and pouring rain.  The next day was to be better, but the same results.  Each day, the weather forecast would be calling for partly cloudy or cloudy skies with maybe a hint of rain but we got drenched.

 

So what did we do?  Like troopers, even though it was constantly raining, we we out there shooting.  The wind made it really tough.  Every day back at the hotel, we would spend a half an hour drying our equipment.  All in all, we got some interesting shots (will post later).  Thanks to some decent weather sealing in our equipment, I did not worry much about equipment failure...I did not even use any rain gear for it.  Just kept a few cloths in the bag and wiped occasionally (the lens after each shot as it was constantly wet).

What equipment?  There were three of us shooting.  We had an array of Nikon equipment: D3X, D800, D700, D300 and a couple of D3000 IR converted bodies.  For lenses we had: 14-24 2.8, 17-35 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 24 PC-E and 45 PC-E all Nikkor Lenses.  All in all, zero equipment failure but my brothers Roots Sport Watch called it quits in the rain!

On the 5th day, we saw our first rain free sunrise.  This picture was shot at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.  This was taken around 3:00am.  Nikon 24-70 on D3X body.  A fantastic place with hundreds of house sized glaciers.  You can shoot for hours and find all kinds of shapes and colours to work with.

It's been a challenging few weeks so bear with me while I work on a few images to write about.

 

-Vin Singh

 

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