David Hay describes a recent trip to Iceland and the techniques he used to overcome the extreme weather, which can also be applied in other less extreme situations
When I was photographing in Iceland last year, one of the locations I really wanted to visit was Jökulsárlón lagoon and its nearby beach, where blocks of ice wash up on the shore. My first plan was to shoot from a low angle, behind one of the blocks of ice, with the sun lighting up the interior of the ice, hopefully against an interesting sky.
However, although we visited the beach twice, once on the way east, and again on our way back west, the weather was not co-operating. It was mainly grey and windy and, on the second day, very wet and misty. So it was time for plan B. I wanted to try and shoot one or two second exposures, starting as the waves drained back down the shore. This would capture attractive white trails stretching out towards the sea as the surf drained away around the blocks of ice. I set up my tripod in the per-sistent rain and put a shower cap over the top of my camera to keep off the worst of the rain. As the rain got …