Welcome to the Bus!

This is the trip log and image gallery for the Winter Tour to Iceland led by photographer, Bill Schwab. We hope you'll follow along as the trip unfolds. Beginning January 31, 2011, we will be logging daily posts , photos and videos as we explore the Icelandic Winter.

Be sure to check back for updates as the trip approaches. See you on departure day!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Turn of the Tide

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz
Not until home I realised, how fast the tide was actually coming in. This is my first trial. On my last shot at that spot, most of those little streams are topped up with water already...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This is what the Fuji Superia film saw on that one night we enjoyed the Northern Lights. Byron

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Iceland Unplugged - The Film

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz
Braving the icelandic elements...unplugged. Listen to the sounds of nature and to our voices!

Monday, February 28, 2011


Haven't been too happy with what I shot of the sea stacks in Vik. Found this one on one of the last rolls I had from the trip. Totally forgot I took this shot on film...glad I did.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Golden surprise

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz
I renamed this picture, since the colors kept changing quite unpredictable while feeding it to the blog...cost me some sweat to adjust the jpg format to the original. This is close, though....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another take on Seljalandsfoss & out the back of Hotel Framnes

From the day we were snowed in. I think its one of the only times I used an ND filter the whole trip. I think ND filters are getting a bit overused these days. Tried to avoid using one as much as possible on this trip.

Slightly different than the first one I posted. This one is growing on me a bit.

Monday, February 21, 2011

First roll I shot on the first night in Vik

for some reason I overexposed, and the resulting roll has negs that are "bulletproof" dense. All the information is there on the neg, just had finagle it out to something worth while.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

At Pingvellir

The Church

This is the church beside the angry guy's house.


This is looking the other way at the waterfall

Another Shot From Reynis

Reyniss Beach

Just before the snowstorm hit.


Finally getting to my film. This is the very interesting place near Selfoss. It was so cold out there that I almost lost my fingers to frostbite.

Snowstorm on the beach

Danni Stomp - the picture

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz
No secrets - this picture was the motive for all the stomping! Taken on location just before the paparazzi arrived and the movie was made...(see below)

Another Beachy Shot

(C)2011 Bill Schwab

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ahhh... The Film Version

I'm still better in the darkroom than on the computer...

(C)2011 Bill Schwab

Shadows on snow

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz

Icleandic farm after the storm had passed

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz
I shot this picture out of the side window of the moving van on our way to Vik - put the camera on high Iso for a short exposure time. The storm clouds lifted a bit, and light was amazing. Still I wonder, how this split second of decision could work out. To me, this picture kind of represents the Icelandic winter, how it felt and how we experienced it. Sometimes, you get lucky...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Last one for today...

Reynis Beach...just before we all were attacked by Icelandic snow

Seljalandsfoss & the church on the hill

From the first night in Vik. Overexposed the film a bit and it lacks some contrast, but I think it might work overall.

I was kind of stumped on what to do at this water fall - thought I'd try a darker take on it.

Opening up new vistas...

(c) 2011 Daniela Merz