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Godafoss: Waterfall of the Gods

Godafoss Waterfall, Northern Central Iceland. One of the spots I was most excited to photograph during our trip to Iceland was this wonderfully beautiful waterfall known as Godafoss. To my understanding the name Godafoss translates to "Waterfall of the Gods". The falls were named this because in Icelandic history one of their religious leaders (approx 1000AD) made the decision that the Icelandic people should convert to Christianity. As a symbol of his commitment he took his statues of Norse Gods and threw them into the waterfall. A pretty interesting story. This stop was definitely a highlight during our time in Iceland. We drove from Akureyri and arrived at the falls about 4 AM. The light at that time was pretty nice but a tad bit harsher than I expected and made shooting the falls a little bit of a challenge. Because the light never really faded I think it would of been better to shoot closer to midnight and take advantage of the long twilight period. To overcome this I shot a number of images trying to maximize the data in my cameras histogram. By maximizing the data it allowed me recover a lot of the sky and show the moodiness we felt that day. I hope to someday get back to this spot and shoot again when the water is a hair lower and I can use the rocks as a strong foreground element. This is probably the last of my Icelandic posts. We got some great images during the trip and I will hopefully return soon to this wonderfully mysterious country. As our

Iceland: Svörtuloft Lighthouse

Svörtuloft _Lighthouse_Iceland_Landscape_Copyright_NickNieto One of my favorite experience during our recent trip to Iceland was our visit to the Svörtuloft Lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated out toward the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, one of the most western spots on the island. The lighthouse sits out on the edge of the cliffs and is accessed by a single lane dirt and gravel road that cuts through a fields of moss covered igneous rock. I really enjoyed the stormy weather that day it added a lot of mood to the images and our overall experience visiting the lighthouse. Not only was it cold and windy but the waves were crashing into the face of the cliffs like thunder which added to the overall dramatic feeling in the atmosphere. It was really neat that the lighthouse was painted orange it adds a great contrast against the darkness in the sky.   (click on images to view larger)
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The waves thundered against the cliffs

20150524_NN__28A8585 20150524_NN__28A8562 I put together a short video of the waves crashing into the rocks. Check it out

Iceland from the Air

Nick_Nieto_Casey_Helicopter_Iceland_Nordurflug I just got back from a jam packed four day trip to Iceland. We went over the Memorial weekend holiday flew out from Portland on Friday Afternoon, arrived into Reykjavik on Saturday and flew home the following Tuesday afternoon. The trip was really memorable one. We rented a car and drove up the west coast and then cut back east to the Northern city of Akureyri. We put over 1500KM (1000miles) on our rental car. It was an amazing road trip, we shot photos of the amazing volcanic landscapes, lighthouses and waterfalls. One of the most memorable events of the trip actually came on the first day in Reykjavik. Casey set up a helicopter tour for us to fly over and photograph the geothermal hot spots and power plants. I've never been in a helicopter before and it was really an awesome experience. Because of the type of tour I had to shoot through the window in the back cab. I shot with three camera. My 5D Mark III with a 70-200  F/4 Lens (which was my main camera), a Lumix GX7 with a medium zoom kit lens, and to go wide I a GoPro Hero 4 with me.  Halfway through the flight our pilots (who were awesome) put us down in a clearing near some geothermal springs. We had the whole place to ourself. We walked around the boiling mud pools and heated streams. I had so much fun shooting from the air I can't wait to go again!Here are some of my favorite images from the experience (click on the images to resize to fit your screen):
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Casey was setup and ready to go just before we took off into the air!

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I loved how each neighborhood ha their own designated roof color

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Hot water being pumped from a geothermal power plant.

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We landed and walked around boiling geothermal pools of water and mud

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As we finished our tour we got a unique view of the Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik.

As we finished our tour we got a unique view of the Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik.

PS...The tour company, Nordurflug Helicopter Tours, was amazing to work with and I couldn't have been happier. If you are heading to Iceland I highly recommend you check them out. Our pilot Snorri was awesome... I apologize I can't remember the name of the other pilot...

Adventures in Spain

Seville_Spain_Bridge_Sunset_Nick_Nieto_Travel Over the last couple of weeks I've been working on putting together a photo essay of my journey to Spain. I'm trying out a service called exposure.co to put it together. I like it because I get a chance to share a lot more images than I normally would from a trip. It is as much about the photos as the story... I share images of the streets, attractions and food. I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. Click Here to View the Photo Story or Click on the photo above.
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