Many of us find the area around the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in
South-Iceland to be amazing and there is something charming with
Hlynur’s photos. It is one thing to take photos and another to know
the subject like the back of your hand. To be born and raised in
such a beautiful county is a privilege.
I wanted to get to know more about Hlynur’s photos and had a talk
with him about photography and how he seized the moment.
Mt. Þríhyrningur with swans
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am 47 years old and raised up in Fljótshlíð in South-Iceland along
with a number of siblings. I have lived abroad for 14 years but
returned back home to Iceland in 1999. I consider myself a big
nature lover and go angling and hunting. Currently I work as a
department manager in a hardware store.
Why did you start taking photos?
I spend a lot of time outdoors where photo opportunities are
everywhere. Often when I am travelling alone and see something nice, I want to share it with someone, the digital photo seems just
perfect to give out beauty that is all around us.
Gluggafoss (Window Waterfall)
How do you capture the heart and meaning of the subject?
I often find the subject comes to me rather than me going to it.
Then all of a sudden I find myself in such an amazingly beautiful
scene that I simply must capture it in a photo. Therefore I hardly
go out without a small camera.
Too many get stuck in taking photos from the same height (standing
upright a shooting the photo). The photographic angle can change
incredibly much only by kneeling down.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
I have long since come to the conclusion that a good camera is not
the main thing – rather the one holding the camera. I shoot a lot
with a mobile phone camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and 5 megapixels.
That is the one I always carry.
If I go out specifically to shoot photos, I take a larger camera
that is a Canon EOS400. Most often with an EFS 18-55mm lens and
Volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull and Grjótá river
You have shot a great deal of photos in Fljótshlíð, why is
I am born and raised in Fljótshlíð, that’s why it is so dear to me,
also I think this is an amazing countryside with volcanoes on three
sides; Mt. Hekla in the north, Eyjafjallajökull and Katla to the
east and then Vestmannaeyjar and Surtsey to the south. In addition
there are lots of waterfalls and creeks decorating the hillsides.
Practically limitless photo opportunities in a beautiful urban
In what circumstances is it most difficult to take photos?
It is most difficult to shoot photos when it is windy and rainy.
At what time of the day do you prefer shooting photos?
For me, I like taking photos early in the morning and then late
afternoon, the light can be very charming at this time of the
day with some fun shadow formations.
Is there any season that is your favorite and why?
All seasons have there charm, but I think autumn is the most
charming with all its glorious colors.
In winter clothes
Is there something special you focus on in your photography
and why is that?
A photography teacher once told me that you can change a dirty
puddle into a work of art just by getting a nice reflection in it.
It always intrigues me to get nice photos where the motive is
standing on its head in a watery mirror, unbelievably pretty and
Mt. Stóri Dímon
Mt. Eyjafjallajökull, reflection
Can you name a photographer that has had an influence on you
or you have learned something from?
I feel Pálmi Guðmundsson who is doing a very good photography
courses in Mosfellsbær is extremely clever with the camera.
By Mt. Einhyrningur
Something you want to say finally?
I’ll point out this photo of an aphid that is about 3mm, that can
tell us to look at the small also. When I was photographing the
insect I didn’t notice it was giving birth to a living baby-aphid
that is less than a millimeter long – not until I began to look at
the photos in an enlarged version.
Look around you – photographic motives are everywhere!
Birth of an aphid.
I give huge thanks to Hlynur for the chat and would like to
point out that he has more interesting photos here: