Akranes Boat Wreck

wreck of fishing boat at akranes in iceland

Akranes Boat Wreck

The wreck of the fishing boat Sigurdur AK17 sits on the beach next to a boat yard at Akranes in western Iceland. Sally, John and I spent a couple of hours here shooting this and the pair of nearby lighthouses in May last year. At that time of year in Iceland, you get daylight just about around the clock. Having arrived in Iceland the day before, we weren’t quite used to this and lost track of the time. When we finished shooting this boat, we had to rush to find somewhere to eat dinner as it was after 9pm and the small town of Akranes was beginning to close for the night, although the light made it seem like late afternoon.

Although it appears to be quite dark in this shot, that is just how I saw the image in my minds eye when shooting the long exposure and I have darkened the sky in post processing. The blurred clouds were created in camera with 16 stops of Formatt Hitech ND filters and an exposure time of 4 minutes. The black and white conversion was done with Alien Skin Exposure 7, using the Kodak Technical Pan preset which I modified by adding a vignette.

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2nd Beach at Sunset | La Push

2nd beach at la push in washington usa

Sunset at 2nd Beach, La Push

This breathtakingly beautiful place on the Pacific northwest coast in Washington State, is just a 15 minute or so walk through forest from the roadside car park. It’s definitely worth the effort and was virtually deserted when we visited late one September afternoon. As I lined up this shot, some of the seagulls started to take off which really finished it off for me. This is a single raw file edited in Lightroom and Photoshop CC with a bit of Topaz Clarity and OnOne Perfect Effects.

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Stokksnes Lighthouse | Iceland

Stokksnes lighthouse in Iceland long exposure photograph

Stokksnes Lighthouse in Iceland

Stokksnes is a headland just to the east of Hofn and is reached via an unmade up road from route 1 next to the western end of the Almannaskard Tunnel. The lighthouse is next to a radar station, which was once a NATO base but is now used for commercial air traffic control. Nearby is a beach with black sand dunes and we spent a good couple of hours in the area taking photos. This photo is a four minute long exposure using 10 and 6 stop Formatt Hitech IRND filters stacked together.

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The City of London

city of london financial district from city hall

The City of London

The landscape of the City of London financial district has changed a lot in recent years with new iconic towers appearing to alter the skyline of the square mile. This is a four minute long exposure photograph taken from the south bank in front of City Hall. The dominant landmark here is 20 Fenchurch Street which was designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly. It is known informally as the Walkie-Talkie building because of its distinctive shape. Moving to the right, you can also see Tower 42, 122 Leadenhall Street (The Cheesegrater) and 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), with The Heron Tower peeping out from behind it.

This was taken on a recent photo walk with my friend and amazing photographer Julia Anna Gospodarou, who was visiting London at the time. If you like architectural photography and particularly long exposures, then you probably know her work already, but you should certainly check it out if you don’t.

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Ice Age | Jokulsarlon

iceberg at jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon is a large glacier lagoon in the south east of Iceland, on the edge of the Vatnajokull National Park. The lake formed when the glacier started to recede from the coast and has grown four times larger in the past forty years. It is more than 248 metres deep and regularly releases small icebergs into the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a long exposure of just over four minutes which has smoothed out the clouds and the gentle ripples on the water. I decided not to completely correct the colour cast from the ND filters as I like the surreal feel that it gives the image.

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