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Iceland; the weather is crazy (part 1)

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The last two weeks I was in Iceland for the first time. The thing I'll remember the most, besides the most incredible views, is that the weather changes with the minute. 

On this trip we had a bit of bad luck weather wise. We had blank, boring, grey skies 80% of the time. No sunshine, it rained constantly. Photography wise, this sucks. You have no light, no depth, no colours, the image is just flat. For as far as I know, you have two options:
- Take no photos
- Shoot black and white

I opted for option two, shooting black and white images.

Black and white images
When shooting with boring, blank, grey skies you often don't have any colour in the scene, you have no option to shoot a long exposure (there isn't any movement in the sky). The best go to move is to shoot black and white.
With the image on the right, I had absolutely no interest in the sky, but I had some cool mist coming in from the ocean and some cool sand dunes with a big rock in the middle. When I was searching for a composition, these couple walked right in to the scene and it started to hail hard (these hail storms are pretty painful).

But what happened, when you have a interesting sky, but there is still no colour in the sky or you are shooting in the middle of the day? Shoot black and white! The light during the middle of the night isn't the best light. It is harsh light what makes your image flat. But what that middle day light can do, is give the image more contrast like in the image on the left. The light is hitting the mountains in the back, which gives the mountains a lot of interest. 

So, when you're out and the only thing you have is boring, blank, grey skies, go for a black and white image! 



Matthijs Bettman