The Light Is Always Good – Even When It’s Not
Whenever I visit Iceland, whether it’s a workshop or a personal trip, I find that I can usually shoot non-stop if I want. A lot of this has to do with the light. Now, remember, good light does not equal good weather. Iceland is oftentimes cloudy and the weather can be less than ideal for laying out on the beach.
That type of weather is great for photography though. Consistent clouds enable photographers to shoot almost non-stop most days in Iceland. Instead of light being harsh mid-day and letting the camera rest, I consistently go out and shoot. For instance, mid-day with some clouds is a great time to photograph the many waterfalls on the island (more on this later).
You definitely have to take the good with the bad for Golden Hour, but I find when that great light does happen in Iceland, it’s extremely dramatic and spectacular. It’s some of the best light you can capture anywhere.
On our last fall workshop to Iceland, I think we shot all day for most of the trip. Needless to say, I filled up countless memory cards. But I love Iceland for this – like I said, the light is always good, even when it’s not. There’s always an opportunity to shoot something no matter if it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, or windy!