Mutlu's Iceland trip

Published by Roland Villars - 26.01.2017

By Tilpy photographer Mutlu Gunenc

It was December 2016 when Mutlu Gunenc was telling me that he finally fulfills one of his dreams: going to Iceland with his camera.

So he asked us, whether we would be interested to follow his photographic journey.

"Damn yes, of course we are interested." Because...

...Mutlu is a talented photographer we would like to help by offering a platform for his works. We believe in his skills and his ability to use photography as a language to express his feelings to the world.

...and because Iceland is a story worth for you, my dear visitor.

And here they are. Some selected pictures from his trip.

Enjoy it and spread the word about Mutlu's Iceland Trip, he deserves it!

Three frozen Trolls
According to the Icelandic Saga, there were 3 Trolls, who tried to drag a ship to ashore during the night, but they were unable to complete it before sun rise. As soon as the sun had risen, all 3 Trolls had been frozen as rocks. This picture was taken at Black Sand Beach, Vik. (Canon 7D; EF70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM; ISO250, 102mm, f/9.0, 0.4sec)

Black Sand Beach is considered one of the top 10 the most beautiful beach in the world. It surely earned its popularity with black lava sands and giant waves. However, this beach is not only beautiful, but also is deadly, because of waves. The Icelandic people call these giant waves "Sneaky Waves" because they are not visible until they reach the shore and clean away everything, including careless tourists every year. (these two people were not in danger while I was taking this shot) (Canon 7D; EF70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM; ISO 250, 175mm, f/7.1, 1/80 sec)

Diamond Beach Study 1
Diamond Beach is located just near the Jokulsarlon lagoon. The black lava sands make you feel like you stand on a smooth, soft black velvet. The giant icebergs in the Jokulsarlon lagoon float through small river (this river connects ocean and lagoon) and where the river reaches the ocean. During this journey those icebergs start melting and create different size of ice rocks. And those ice rocks look like diamonds and shine on this black velvet and make everyone who sees them speechless. (Canon 7D; 16-35mm f2.8 IS USM; ISO100, 28mm, f/9.0, 1.3sec)

This is one of the most surreal scenes I have ever come across. I took this shot at Renisdrangar, which contains silky smooth black lava sands. The beach ends with giant lava rocks, shaped like an ancient Lego game. And then there is a frozen Troll. I do not know whether Icelanders call each rock on the sea a Troll, but surely some gigantic rocks play important role in their Sagas. (Canon 7D; EF70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM; ISO 100, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/50 sec)

Diamond Beach Study 2
I guess the words become very unnecessary to describe these beautiful ice rocks, maybe a poem from unknown poet, a line of words from unfinished novel, or a note from a symphony all represents a beauty of this beach. (Canon 7D; EF70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM; ISO100, 90mm, f/9.0, 0.3sec)

The Vik Church
This is one of the most beautiful churches I visited. It is situated above the town of Vik, where only 291 people live. It represents Iceland´s soul and people in this island: very solid, simple but welcoming. Vik is very close to the Katla volcano, which is dormant for 100 years, but might become active at any time. Therefore the people of the town have several drills annually to run to the church to be prepared when volcano is erupted and severe flooding destroys the town. (Canon 7D; 16-35mm f2.8 IS USM; ISO 100, 16mm,f/9.0, 15 sec)

The Arch
The famous Arch. 115mt lava rock, shaped as arch and It situated in front of Dyrholaey hill. The North Atlantic, the waves and the wind create perfect harmony, even unique rhythm. It is so immense, so overwhelming and so beautiful. On that day, the wind was so powerful that I barely stood up. The sound of waves exploded through arch and made the surface of the sea all white. (Canon 7D; 16-35mm f2.8 IS USM; ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, 1sec)

The Dyrholaey Lighthouse
The castle-shaped Dyrholaey lighthouse is situated on the Dyrholaey hill and overlooks the famous arch, which is in front of it. This lighthouse was established in 1910 and I wonder how many ships had been used this incredible light house as guide since then. It seems the lighthouse keeps many secrets of the sea, many untold adventures of those sailors who fought the waves of North Atlantic. Canon 7D; 16-35mm f2.8 IS USM; ISO 100, 35mm, f/9.0, 0.5sec)

Jokulsarlon lagoon has many icebergs floating around. These icebergs are constantly breaking off from Breidamerkurjokull Glacier which is the sign of global warming. Iceland has many surreal moments and Jokulsarlon lagoon is not exception because its icebergs create very interesting dance on the surface of the water. Some of them are colorless, some of them are turquoise and others are green. I just sat down and watched them floating and sometimes hitting each other with an amazing sound. It was indeed surreal scenery. (Canon 7D; EF70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM; ISO400, 70mm, f/9.0, 0.3sec)

Two frozen Trolls
Another Icelandic saga, another frozen Trolls. The most interesting part of this shot was the fact that it was made in front of the lava cave. This is the place where "The Noah" movie by Russel Crowe was filmed. Two basalt stacks have been standing in the sea forever, and Icelanders consider them as frozen Trolls as well. Everything was so black, so wild and windy.(Canon 7D; 16-35mm f2.8 IS USM; ISO 100, 32mm, f/9.0, 60sec)

Do you want to know more about Mutlu's Iceland trip? In his blog he writes why he chose Iceland, about the planning, the equipment and experience on the island itself. Read more here.

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