Ragnar Axelsson

Ragnar Axelsson, 59, is an Icelandic photographer who is well-known for chronicling the lives of subsistence hunters, fishermen, and farmers in the Arctic, the North Atlantic, Northern Scandinavia, and Siberia. Rax, as he is affectionately called, started photographing (professionally) at the age of 16 and joined Morgunblaðið, the leading Icelandic newspaper, two years later. He … Continue reading Ragnar Axelsson

This is Iceland

I am one of the many people who are in love with the sparse, hypnotic and majestic landscape of Iceland and its wonderful people. In case, you need more convincing, check out this website and some stunning photographs. Then pack your bags and go visit. It might be cold in winters, but still stark and amazing. Iceland haunts me!

Iceland: The Frozen Exposures


One of the best parts of this trip to Iceland was that I spent an inordinate amount of time doing long exposures, both on my Fuji xPro2 and Leica M-Monochrome. I used the Lee Filters on Fuji and B&W ND filters of various types on my Leica. The results were quite different on each. 

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The lake in the north of the country was about a mile and a half from where I was staying and as a result was a popular spot for me to try and make some long exposures. This was made with Fuji xPro2 and their 16mm lens. 11 seconds exposure at f16 with ISO 200. (Above)

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Mother & baby seal — this iceberg reminded me of them so named my #5 in the long exposure series just that. It was quite fun to make this photo as this place was packed with tourists and really rude photographers who just kept entering the shot and ruining my various attempts. I normally don’t lose my shit, but I was close! So many attempts meant I ran out of my two batteries. Still I think all of the agony was worth it! (Above)

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There are times when the whole thing feels upside down! (Above)

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This is just a photo I love because it makes me feel so tranquil. Settings were f4/50mm-equivalent and exposed for about 40 seconds using a 3-stop ND filter! (Above)

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Same lake, different point of view about an hour later. More light in the sky, less pink and more blue. (Above)

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Another lake, early in the morning and sun peaked out for barely an hour. This is a 39 second exposure, ISO 200 at f11.(Above)

All photos made with Fuji xPro2 and a variety of lenses, including my go to lens, Fuji f2/35 WR lens. I used Lee Filters.