Looking back, looking ahead

Here is is the first day of 2015 and I am still catching up on last year's website chores.  After a break of a few months, I have now finished working through my Iceland "keepers."  Here are the last five images, which also appear in my updated Iceland 2014 gallery.

Another B&W shot:

This image is another example of color detracting from impact.  The bright green foreground grass and rusty red roof of the hut pulled the eye away from the strong textures of the building and surrounding rocks.  Conversion to monochrome puts the emphasis back on these textures:

 Abandoned hillside hut near Stokksnes.

Abandoned hillside hut near Stokksnes.

"Underground" church:

This peat-roofed wooden church, partially dug into the soil, was reconstructed in 1884 on the foundations of a 14th century building.  It is still in use.

 Peat-roofed church at Hof.

Peat-roofed church at Hof.

Another image from Fjallsarlon:

This more intimate iceberg lagoon lies below the foot of the Fjallsjokull glacier.  It took me a while to find a way to process this image that yielded the subtle colors and the serenity of the reflections.

 Fjallsarlon and Fjallsjokull.

Fjallsarlon and Fjallsjokull.

More from Jokulsarlon:

Our first visit to the famous iceberg lagoon coincided with the setting of the midsummer sun in the northern sky over the Breithamerkurjokull glacier.  This intense golden sunset provided the sidelight for the other Jokulsarlon sunset image in the gallery.

 Midnight sun over Jokulsarlon.

Midnight sun over Jokulsarlon.

The next day gave us close-up views of the icebergs, including this one containing an ice cave illuminated by sunlight transmitted through the ice.

 Jokulsarlon, beneath the ice.

Jokulsarlon, beneath the ice.

Looking ahead...

In 2015 I hope to shoot more often, print and exhibit more of my images, and blog more frequently!