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Sep 6, 2010, 11:45:32 AM
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Landmannalaugar by derek-k Landmannalaugar by derek-k
On the road to Landmannalaugar...

The lake is called Frostasta­avatn (thanks to ~Cabellou for that information!) and it's a pretty sight. We didn't do the Landmannalauger-Thorsmork hike, we just drove to the starting point.

Iceland - September 2010
Pentax K-x
HDR from single RAW

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Willihelm Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
great pictre, marvelous iceland gallery.
with what kind of programm/process you get this kind of hdr pictures out of that one raw file?
i am gonna travel to hornstrandir (actual whole iceland) too this september, any secret tips?
derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so sorry it took me so long to reply! I have not spent time on DA for a few months... :(

Thank you for the questions! I used a program called Photomatix to tonemap a single RAW file, using custom settings. I also used Lightroom to add finishing touches to the white balance, etc - sorry I can't be more specific - I processed this image a long time ago! :)

Secret tips for Iceland! Good, that's hard to answer. What part of Hornstrandir were you thinking of visiting? When we were there in very early September we got a ride from a small boat in Bolungarvik (reserved it at a travel service place in Isafjordur) across to one of the tiny little villages that are only used in the summer, I think it was called Latrar. From there we hiked two or three days across part of the Southeastern arm of Hornstrandir to another little village called Hesteyri, camping along the way. We were completely alone, never saw another person from the time the boat dropped us off until we were picked up by the same boat at a scheduled time, and as far as we knew there were no other people on that part of the peninsula. I don't think I've ever been so isolated. In the summer some of the homes in Hornstrandir will be occupied, but not likely in September. So it was quite a strange, lonely experience (it was just me and my sister). There are little huts in each of the little villages which MIGHT contain useful items in an emergency, but you're on your own if something goes wrong. It's possible there are short wave radios in the huts too, but there is certainly no cell service! Know what you're getting in to and pack extra supplies if you get dropped off like we did!

If you're travelling to the northern part of Hornstrandir, to see the cliffs of Hornbjarg, you might have to check ahead to make sure there are still boats travelling there. I think they stop going to some locations after summertime.

It's hard for me to give you good tips without knowing more about the length and nature of your trip, how you plan to travel around the island, and what sorts of things you like to see, but I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you might have! We slept in tents almost every day of the month-long journey, mostly at established campsites but sometimes just on the roadside (which seems to be a perfectly acceptable thing to do). Lot of those campsites close after early September, so if you're thinking of camping be aware of this. If you're staying in hotels or hostels, the price should drop after the tourist season ends. :)

Be prepared for crazy wind and rain, but also for amazing sunsets and gorgeous scenery! Good rain gear is a must, both for you and your camera. If you tent, make sure the tent can survive extremely high winds! Let me know if I can help further. If you have Google Plus you can contact me over there - it's where I "live" online now:

Cheers! :)
Willihelm Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
hey derek,
thanks a lot for your precise answer.
We (12 people from the austrian alpine association, so very experienced with extreme situations) will rent 3 cars in keflavik and follw the westfjords up to isafj÷rthur. i already chartered a boat wich will bring us up to hesteyri, the plan is to travel to he nothern part of hornstrandir and then back. All in all about 5-7 days in hornstarndir. Chartered boat date is to be fixed when i know more about the trip. Afterwards we get back in our cars which will bring down to skogar, via the golden circle. From there i already arranged a monstertruckbus which will give us aride to landmannalaugar. The 6 day trip (laugarvegur back to our cars in skoagar) will start from there. J÷kularslon and Vik is possible too if there is time left. Our 21 days trip will end with a 2 day party marathon in reykajvik. sleeping in tents the whole trip. were good equipped....

As we have some good hobby photographers in our team we like to be at the right places at the right time. if u know in advance its way easier to arrange this with the group. mean, i dont wanna get, with our limited time, to aa great waterfall where the light is on the wrong side...

i think i will get this photomatix too. a lot of guys told its just great for these kind of pictures. i love the way of the bit surrealistic touch in a great landscape. the human eye is not able to catch such sights, but its not too artificial. just great. pls excuse me for thr0woing my confused thought just towards you, but i am in a hurry and i urgently wanted to response.

thx for your tips,
best regards from austria, david
derek-k Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am very sorry again, I just realized I hadn't actually replied to you yet, David. :(

I hope the trip is going well! You're obviously extremely prepared and have everything planned out very well, it sounds like a great adventure! I'll be in Iceland myself in a couple of weeks, I hope! After the tourist season, but the weather should still be okay - at least I'll see more Northern Lights!

I use Photomatix less than I used to, because I'm able to do a lot in Lightroom for single RAW files. And if you happen to have Photoshop CS5 or CS6, you can do very good HDR processing there too. But Photomatix is still good for combining multiple exposures! You just have to be careful not to overdo the effect. :)

Good luck, cheers,
DanteVanHell Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
HDR destroyed this picture, sadly.
derek-k Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmn, why do you say that?
JoeGP Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing single RAW HDR, you gotta love the power of the RAW file
derek-k Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
YES! I really do. Thanks for looking. :)
JoeGP Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome, maybe you check some of mine out
JandJPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really enjoy the drama of this photo. Many of our works are highly contrasted HDR's with neat sky effects. Glad to see that other artists use this style as well! GREAT WORK!
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