Every time I think I’m done talking or writing about Iceland, I find more photos that I didn’t notice before, and I fall in love with the place all over again. The ones in this photo journal are from the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in southern Iceland.
I’ve been attempting to go through and edit, or in many cases re-edit, all the photos from our trip. Or, at least all the ones I think are decent. I snapped around seven thousand images in the nine months we were abroad. I’ve edited several hundred and still have several hundred more to go.
The problem is that I keep getting hung up on certain photos. I’ll edit and then re-edit certain ones, while others get tossed aside and forgotten about. I’m trying to get better.
Some of my absolute favorite images from our whole trip came from the black sand beach across the highway from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. When I originally began editing these photos there were only two or three that I absolutely fell in love with. I came back to these images time and time again, applying more edits, or completely starting over, trying to get them just right.
Lately, I’ve been trying to learn more about the photo editing process. I’ve been spending my lunch breaks at work watching videos and reading about different editing styles and techniques, then coming home and applying what I’ve learned to my own images, seeing what works and what doesn’t. I’m still trying to find my own style when it comes to both editing and shooting, and finding that it’s a lot harder than it sounds.
I recently skimmed back through my photos from our first full day on the ring road in Iceland and fell in love all over again. Some of my favorites, of course, were from the black sand beach. This time around, though, I found several other images that I absolutely love.
I love how deep the black of the sand is, the little chunks of crystal clear ice everywhere, how full and vivid the clouds are. Sunset here was truly an amazing experience that I hope we get to see again someday. I realize that no matter how many photos I took of the place and how many times I edit them, it’ll never fully capture the immense beauty of this beach. I know my photos aren’t perfect and never will be, but for now I’m content to learn as much as I can as I improve my craft. Until we get to go back to this magical place, I’ll keeping editing and re-editing.