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The Majestic Mountains by Inebriantia
The Majestic Mountains
"The Majestic Mountains" | Vesturhorn, Iceland

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The story behind the photo:

Photo made on the last day of the Iceland trip, in September 2014. This was the third time in three days we tried to photograph this location. That meant going west and east several times, from Jokulsarlon to this location, and this photo was only made possible after hundreds of accumulated kilometers. Time was extremely unstable during the trip (which is quite normal in Iceland), and it was extremely difficult to photograph these mountains under decent conditions.

Fortunately there is this one little precious thing called Icelandic Weather Forecast Site ( which is actually quite accurate for the current day (longer than that will quite simply be called divination). After two frustrated attempts, and while we were shooting on the Jokulsarlon beach on the last day of the trip, I decided to reach my iPad and check for the weather forecast. To my surprise, the Vesturhorn area was one of the few with sunny/cloudy weather in the whole Island, during a short two hour period, from 16h to 18h. Once more, a decision to abruptly change plans had to be made, and off we went to Hofn at 14h30m.

This spot is not easy to find, but our previous tries made it easy to reach the spot. The weather was quite nice, even though some menacing clouds seemed to be approaching from the west, in perfect accordance with the website.

Finally, there they were, the imponent Vesturhorn mountains. I had seen this place in so many images before, but nothing could quite compare to actually being there. If it weren't enough to have such beautiful mountains rising out of nowhere, touching the Atlantic ocean, there's also a vast plain at its feet, covered in water during high tide, which will work as a perfect mirror for the mountains. One more photographic paradise in Iceland...

Unfortunately the tide was quite low, and it wasn't easy at all to find a decent spot to shoot. I can only imagine that this place is an absolute dream with high tide (well, it already is...). This is one of the photos from that afternoon. We stayed for as long as we could, and the landscape addiction made us leave way too late for the airport. There were still 500km left to Keflavik and we still had to pack everything. As if it weren't enough, Jokulsarlon decided to show us its most intense display of light during our return, and we had to make an extra stop. The end result: a speeding ticket arriving to our house one month after we left Iceland!

Technical info:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 50
Exposure: 1 second
Filters: 3 stop soft ND Grad (Formatt Hitech)
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod + Manfrotto ballhead
The Crackling Silence by Inebriantia
The Crackling Silence
"The Crackling Silence" | Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

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The Story:

After being on so many unstable places, which would no longer be the same on a second visit, I finally found the king of pure budhist impermanence: the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and it's endless floating sculptures of ice, right in front of my eyes, on day 5 of our trip.

Iceland had so far surprised me like I never expected it would, but this place takes the crown of awe inspiring sceneries. Leaving the N1 road to the right, and entering what looks like a half-baked parking lot, it's just a matter of seconds until all your vision is filled with a gigantic lagoon, where enormous white blocks and delicate bits of melting ice dance in unison, headed towards the sea.

There is an absolute, almost mystical silence, interspersed with one of the most amazing natural sounds I ever heard: the frequent crackling of ice. absolutely three dimensional, coming from multiple spots.

As senses are sharpened by the extreme cold in the area, the global sensory overload feels like absolute pleasure.


When planning which gear to take to Iceland, I quickly decided I wouldn't let myself be limited by near frozen waters. This photo was made with water up to my knees, or it would have been impossible to get that perspective. I used NRS Hydroskin neoprene pants and NRS Workboots neoprene boots with 3mm neoprene socks. They held up admirably well.

Once more, not an easy place to shoot, as most of the ice formations tend to move. I had to shot some of them at 2-5 seconds, but this one was stable enough to be shot at 30 seconds. Luckily, on our two photo sessions in Jokulsarlon, the water was extremely calm, mirror-like.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad, Formatt Hitech 4 stop ProStop IRND
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead
The Epic Hour by Inebriantia
The Epic Hour
"The Epic Hour" | Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

"You must always carry your camera with you, because when it becomes epic, your life should depend on capturing it..."

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On the last day of the Iceland trip in September we witnessed the most epic sky of the whole trip, while we were returning to the airport, in a hurry, after shooting in Vesturhorn.

We weren't supposed to make any stops, or we could miss the flight, but the golden hour (I'd rather call it "epic hour") occurred right when we were passing by Jokulsarlon! We just had to make a stop...

I only had 10 minutes to shoot, before the intense colours would disappear, and my tripod was buried inside my check-in bag. I had to shoot this scene handheld, and did the best I could. Fortunately, due to the sensor stabilization, I was able to do focused and sharp 1/10th second exposures.

I cannot even imagine how incredible it must have been to the other photographers who had the time to be there and properly prepare their shooting session. Many people were photographing the scene and I could feel the adrenaline rush around me, as everyone knew this was one of those moments...

Anyway, I can't complain, as at least I had the opportunity to be there when the light was at its best. It most certainly compensated the expensive speeding ticket I got, while I tried to arrive to Keflavik on time after shooting here!

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 1/10 seconds
ISO: 400
Manual focus
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad
Resistance by Inebriantia
"Resistance" | Detifoss, Iceland

"If the river of life is running frantic and impatient, crushing order and impetus in ruthless ways, step aside to the margin and just watch, as growth will blossom spontaneously."

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Image story:

Image made on the third day of my trip to ICeland. After spending several hours in Godafoss, and trying to resist the impulse to stay there all day in sensory extasy, I decided to leave this spot if I still wanted to witness from up close the power of the waterfall with the strongest water flow of all Europe - Detifoss.

The trip distance was relatively short, but I wasn't certainly expecting the final 20-30km of harsh gravel roads! Fortunately the scenery between the two waterfalls was probably the most incredible of the whole trip, with amazing geothermal areas filled with huge smoke columns, as well as Mars-like landscapes, where gigantic black mountains would suddenly unfold.

We arrived to Detifoss right before sunset, with rain still pouring strongly, and rushed to the top of the waterfall. After watching videos of this place, I would finally be able to step on those rocks, with absolutely no barriers between the power of the waterfall and its visitors.

As the place is incredibly remote, and there was strong rain and cold weather, there was no other human being there besides us! Only in Iceland would it be possible to be alone in such an unique place! The sky was totally covered in dense dark clouds but, once more, the beauty of the location would be worth for itself, not needing any exquisite sunset lights.

After doing some long exposures between 5 and 10 seconds, again following the usual constant filter cleaning and camera drying routine, I ended up chosing this image for publication. This shot was made on the area previously defined by my companion as the "forbidden" zone, but I could not resist shooting from this spot, putting my tripod right on the ledge of the 45 meter fall. This was the only way I would be able to do a vertical image where I would be able to show the whole height of the waterfall, and still be able to capture the only surviving plants in that area.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead


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José Ramos
Artist | Professional | Photography
My name is José Ramos and I'm a nature/landscape photographer.

I've developed an increasing interest in photography over the last years, and the passion grew so strong that this is the art I've chosen to express myself, as well as pay hommage to the beauty and power of the world which surrounds us.

In the end, what matters to me is to be able to depict and create my own interpretation of what surrounds us, sharing my vision in the form of photography.

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Current Residence: Portugal
I miss having a simple message center filled with great photos from people I used to know

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I miss the vibrant community

I miss the emotion of getting tons of favorites and fantastic comments

I miss the thrill of the popular page, 'will it make it there?'

I miss the honor of Daily Deviations, and I can still remember the shivers I felt when someone told me by sms that I had been awarded a DD

I miss the provocative journals

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xNETTAx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014   General Artist
Hey there!
I was captivated by your photos of Iceland!
I was there myself and was blinded by the sceneries.

More than that, your gallery is absolutely breathtaking!

Good luck, well done, and have a lovely week! :)
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RationalParadox Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your gallery is absolutely incredible!  Excellent work!  
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palmbook Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful gallery. I see that you use Hitech 1.2 ND filter. May I ask your opinion regarding this filter? I am interested in purchasing one; but I heard that it causes a color cast, especially when stacked with a GND filter.
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Shadoisk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing gallery! I love iot all
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Just letting you know I featured your work in my journal :)…
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Wunderschöne Bilder zeigen sie ! 
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Your gallery is inhuman! I love it!!!
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Your photography is magnificent, vibrant and full of soul...transporting the viewer to worlds of color and light.
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My goodness I wish I could favourite everything In your gallery! Your photographs are so beautiful it hurts!! I love the effects you use on your images. Just perfect!!
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This might sound weird but your gallery gives me a sort of visual orgasm in my brain… too much beauty!! :+favlove:
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Your photos are very awe-inspiring. I look forward to seeing what other photos you share ;)
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Phenomenal gallery!
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Your work is amazing, and an inspiration to me.
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Hello! You have been featured here:…

Have a wonderful day :heart:

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Surprise, surprise!
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Nice work you do.
Very colorful pictures. Keep it up!
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