The magical Icelandic lighthouse at Dyrhólaey

This Icelandic lighthouse is located near the spot where I took pictures of beautiful beach with black lava sand with huge stone. We were staying in Vik. As it turned out, it was a good starting point because close the Vík you will find lava columns Reynisdrangar, this amazing lighthouse and endless beaches along the coast. If you would like, right at the lighthouse you can even book accommodation. The Lighthouse hotel accommodates five guests with two double bedrooms and one single.

The light station at Dyrhólaey was Established in 1910. The first lighthouse was a steel skeletal tower, prefabricated in Sweden, and the present lighthouse was built in 1927. I’ve done a couple of photos of the lighthouse, I hope you will like them.

Dyrholaey Lighthouse, Iceland - B&W Seascapes/Landscapes Fine Art Series

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Giant rock on the black sand beach in Iceland

Dyrholaey is a nature reserve in the south of Iceland. In the local reefs there are a number of birds nests. You can see them as they are floating over the sea and catch fish.  The coastline is covered in beautiful beaches with black lava sand. A short walk away on a grassy headland is this magnificent lighthouse.

The giant rock on the beach – impressive composition

Dyrholaey beach, Iceland - B&W Seascapes/Landscapes Fine Art Series

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The abandoned airplane wreckage in Iceland

When I saw the abandoned wreckage of this aircraft, it  caught my attention so much that I immediately looked for the location of this place. A lot of the most famous places in Iceland are located right next to a famous ring road. But this place is a little out of the way.

Planning your trip in advance is very important. It is easy to find this place, the wreckage is located about 10 km from the town of Vik. Also, you will not even need a 4×4 car. Check this useful guide from Matthew Karsten.

Airplane Wreckage, Iceland - B&W Seascapes/Landscapes Fine Art Series

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Skógarfoss; one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland

After we arrived in Iceland and rented a car at Keflavik airport (read more about car rentals in Iceland), the first night we stayed at one hotel that is directly located  in Keflavik. It was midnight so that was the best option for us.

In the morning we went directly to Skógarfoss, this waterfall was our first stop towards Vík. There is one more waterfall on the way, called Seljalandsfoss but we decided to see it in the afternoon. Why? I will write about this in an upcoming article.

First impression

We parked in a parking lot and immediately we heard the amazing and powerful sounds of the waterfall. I’ve seen it already many times on the Internet, it is one of the most visited places in Iceland. However to see the power of falling water from 60 meters with my own eyes is something breathtaking and surreal. The view is very moving.

The measurements of the Skógarfoss Waterfall

Skogarfoss, Iceland - B&W Seascapes/Landscapes Fine Art Series 

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Exhibition of my photos gets underway in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

After my last successful exhibition of Black and White photographs in Moscow, which was held in August 2015, the pictures moved to Nizhny Novgorod. The exhibition takes place in Russian Museum of Photography. The exhibition opened the director of the museum – Viera Tarasova with Alla Nuzdina from the Slovak Institute in Moscow. You can find an artictle about the exhibition in the Slovak language on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

The exhibition will continue until January 31st, 2016.

Address:

Русский музей фотографии

603005 г.Нижний Новгород, ул.Пискунова, 9а

160119 SI Moskva Michalik 01

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My Long Exposure Photography workshop at Foto Slovakia 2015

Today, the biggest photographic event in Slovakia – PHOTO SLOVAKIA 2015 was held. Besides the exhibition of the photographic equipment, the visitors had the opportunity to attend many workshops and talk to the famous Slovak photographers during their lectures and further discussions.

I was invited to lecture about Long Exposure Photography – taking pictures with strong ND filters. We talked which filters and other photography gear I use, we learned how to calculate the exposure time and we also looked at the postprocess and how to convert photos to black and white.

I would like to thank all the participants for attending, if you have any questions, I’m here for you.

Matej Michalik Foto Slovakia 2015Matej Michalik Foto Slovakia 2015

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Some photos from my exhibition in Moscow

25.08.2015 was held exhibition of my Black and White photos of architecture and landscapes.

I would like to thank the Slovak Institute, especially Ján Šmihula for the whole organization. I would also like to thank all visitors, I believe that you enjoyed this evening as I did.

Below you can find some photos from this event.

Me (on the left) and Ján Šmihula, director of the Slovak Institute in Moscow

Me (on the left) and Ján Šmihula, director of the Slovak Institute in Moscow

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My upcoming exhibition in Moscow

It brings me great joy to announce that I have been invited to display my photography in The Slovak Institute in Moscow. It´s an honnor to be contacted by The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. There will be 20 images on display, architectural images and seascape images. I will include past pictures I have taken in Moscow, I hope that the Russian public will appreciate my potrayel of their city.

Address:

The Slovak Institute in Moscow
ul. 2 Brestská 27, 123-056 Moscow

Matej Michalik Moscow Exhibition

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The reason why I deleted my account at 1x.com

1x deleted account

In recent days I have noticed a big step backwards from the popular photo portal 1x.com. The entire portfolios of excellent photographers around the world are now circulating on the internet and their photos are being sold for ridiculous money.

Curation of the photographs

For those who have yet to come in contact with the 1x.com website. The 1x.com photo portal is one of a kind because all the pictures that are shown on the web passed through the curator, because you can find only a selection of the best. Only about 3% of all photos are published after the curation process. In the past, being published at 1x.com meant a great deal to us. Unfortunaely this is not the case for me anymore.

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