North­ern ex­po­sures

Elis­a­betta Rosso loves us­ing her Nikon to cap­ture Ice­land’s raw beauty

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My first trip to Ice­land was in Au­gust 2011. I’d been on pho­to­graphic jour­neys to hot­ter climes such as Kenya and Brazil, but I’d al­ways had a han­ker­ing to see the North­ern Lights and dis­cover what life was like nearer to the Arc­tic Cir­cle. As soon as the plane landed in Ice­land on a sum­mer’s night I fell in love with the coun­try. I’ve been back three times now and I never tire of it. It al­ways feels like a fresh and dif­fer­ent place to cap­ture.

On my first trip I rented a 4x4 and hit the road. I had 20 days to ex­plore the coun­try, and it was an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney. I started in Reykjavik and vis­ited lots of in­cred­i­ble spots, from black lava sand beaches to the fa­mous wa­ter­falls in the south of Ice­land. I es­pe­cially loved meet­ing the friendly in­hab­i­tants of the Vik cliffs – these gor­geous puffins [4]. I spent hours there with a long lens, try­ing to cap­ture the an­tics of these funny birds, us­ing a high ISO and a short shut­ter speed to keep them sharp as they flew about in the sun­shine. They’re ad­dic­tively cute sub­jects to pho­to­graph.

Wa­ter, wa­ter every­where…

Ev­ery time I’ve been to Ice­land I’ve tried to cap­ture the fa­mous wa­ter­falls in a dif­fer­ent way. It’s harder to show their tremen­dous power and size than you’d ex­pect! On one oc­ca­sion I used

01 Tern Nikon D700, Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II, 1/2000 sec, f/5, ISO400

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