Iceland: Returning, Part 8 of 8.

A long time ago, I felt like travel to certain countries was a one time thing.  There are so many places to go and really, so little time.  I assumed I'd see someplace once, and then travel somewhere else. Over the years though, I've had to travel to a few places over and over.  I've returned to Italy many times. People often ask me, What's the favorite place you've ever traveled?  Usually, it's the last place I've visited, but it's also always Italy, because I've come to know it so well.  I'm comfortable there.  I see things differently.  I'm not in a rush.  I know I'll be back.

There was so much more to shoot here but we were losing the light, and I was jet-lagged, hungry and had to use the bathroom. I love this sea arch but there was a beach, mountains, and a lighthouse, too.

I think in Iceland that I was in a rush.  I was a little frantic to see it all.  It's been almost a year since I went and when I look back at some of my images, I'm a little disappointed.  I can see that I was in a rush.  There's a fine line between being prepared and ready to capture something quickly, and being a bit knee jerk about your settings and composition.  I need to go back and breathe a bit more slowly, to make sure I experience - and capture - the parts of Iceland that feel the most special to me.

Midway through our trip, we stopped at National Park Thingvellir, where the North American and Eurasian Plates collide.  I was in such a hurry to shoot it all that I fell into a deep snow crack.  Funny now but scary at the moment!

My plan is to go back in the spring or summer.  I'll lose the aurora but gain longer days and the midnight sun.  Iceland is gorgeous in the winter but with 6 hours of daylight, photography gets a little madcap. I'd also like to photograph puffins and of course, more Icelandic horses.  I think a photography workshop, with an experienced leader, is one of the keys to success, and I plan to do that again, hopefully sooner rather than later.   When I go, I'll remember to slow down, take a breath, shoot more slowly, relax and enjoy, knowing that I can go back.  Again.  As many times as I'd like.

One of the last images I captured, on my last full day in Iceland. This feels a little less rushed to me. I love the simplicity.