Iceland Waves Bye Bye

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Iceland / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Positivity / Seascapes


January 26, 2020 — Reynisfjara (Black Sand) Beach, Iceland

We’ve been home since the second of February. There has been enough time to sift through the bounty and select the best and you’ve seen quite a bit. It’s very possible that more will pop up after they’ve had a chance to marinate on the archive drive for a while. We shall see. One thing is certain: we will go back.

One more thing: Iceland has weathered many storms, as have we all. And we shall all continue to weather storms of all sorts. The Human spirit is strong and resilient by nature. Be well. Do good.

(Nikon D850, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Christopher Bull says

    Like the Black sand beaches of Hawaii..perhaps a bit colder. I like your trend for dramatic and simplicity in your photos. Is this beach right near town? I would like to hear about what it took to get these pictures, I.E. me standing in the cold for hours getting shots of Aurora’s in Alaska…

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    • Thanks very much, Chris. I hope you explore the blog more deeply. You’ll see lots of variety. But yes, I do go for dramatic simplicity. Almost all the beaches in Iceland are black sand because Iceland is volcanic. As volcanic as Hawaii is, Iceland appears to be even more so. I’m not sure, but it might be geologically even younger. The beach is near the town of Vik on the south coast of Iceland. To get the Aurora photos, we simply watched the KP index on the Iceland government’s weather website and went out when the KP index appeared to go above 3. We were on a photo workshop with two American landscape photographers and an Icelandic guide who was also a superb photographer. He grew up in Iceland and knew exactly where to go. I hope you follow the blog. Lots of good stuff coming up.


  2. “I only saw faces
    I didn’t see the changing era
    I only saw the waves
    I should have seen the wind
    Wind is what makes the waves
    I’m saying you were the big wave at that moment
    We were drifting away
    One day we’ll go up again
    Eventually the big wave will break down”
    Kim Dong-hyeok, Screenplay: ‘The Face Reader'”

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  3. I like the combination of the crashing wave and the swell in the foreground. And the gliding birds. They add a bit of calm and peace with all the wildness the ocean offers.

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