Sean is an outdoor photographer, digital image developing enthusiast and photography educator based in Ashland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two sons. His previous career as a science teacher makes photography education a good fit. Sean teams up with fellow Photo Cascadia members leading workshops. He also teaches digital image developing classes, lectures and offers a series of Photoshop video tutorials.
In my last travel video, I showed you some behind the scenes footage from a photo trip I took to the Faroe Islands with photographer friends Raynor Czerwinski and Josh Merrill. We spent a week on the islands and had a great adventure. But that was only half of the trip. At the end of the video, we were sad to be leaving but excited to be on our way to spend the second week photographing Iceland. This new video takes you along for a behind the scenes look at our adventures in Iceland.
Iceland covers a much larger area than the Faroe Islands and with a lot more landscape diversity, so a week is only enough time to explore and photograph a very small fraction of it. We knew we didn’t have the time required to explore the vast wilderness of Iceland’s interior, but we also didn’t want to simply take a tour of the well known and highly photographed locations along the southern coast. We decided to explore two areas that, while easy to access along the ring road, are not quite as popular with photographers and also provide opportunities to get away from the roads and get out in places where there aren’t a lot of people. We spent part of our time on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is home to Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufell waterfall, which are highly visited and photographed, but also has vast lava fields, many other waterfalls, rocky coastline and volcanic mountains that are photographed much less. The second half of our visit was spent near Lake Myvatn in the northeast. The waterfalls Godafoss and Dettifoss are probably the best known and most visited places in this region, but it is also rich with geothermal and volcanic activity and all the dynamic landscapes that go with that sort of geology. Other than at Kirkjufell, Godafoss and Dettifoss we saw few other people and no other photographers. In the last decade, certain areas of Iceland have become crowded with tourists and over photographed, in my opinion. However, it is a massive island. One day I hope to be able to spend more time exploring the backcountry areas which are remote and still largely unexplored by photographers.