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Another incredible light display in Iceland, this time on the south coast, the black volcanic beach at Vik. I'd wanted a shot like this for years after first visiting the place, and finally got it this summer - the distant (and huge) stacks silhouetted beneath as dramatic and colourful sky as anyone could wish for. It took a long while to materialise, and was three days in the rain of the making, but worth every minute. I composed with the final square crop in mind, everything seemed to fit tighter into that format. Using the river as a blatant lead-in, the placement of the elements within the image was fine tuned over half an hour, and then I simply waited for the light. A polariser cut down the reflection in the water close to hand, allowing the deep black of the sand to come through. ND grads held everything else in check...

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 17-40 f/4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Icelandic Serenity
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:7 Apr 2008 - 11:52 PM
Tags:Atlantic, Beach, Coast, Colour, Drama, Iceland, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Light, Long exposure, Ocean, Pink, River, Sea, Seascape, Smooth, Sunset, Vik, Waves
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Take-a-View
8 Apr 2008 - 12:23 AM

Simply stunning.

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Artois
Artois  8405 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 12:24 AM

stunning image, love the sky and composition

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shellyxr8
shellyxr8  6 Australia
8 Apr 2008 - 12:33 AM

Absolute beautiful colours !! excellent shot

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Skye24Blue
8 Apr 2008 - 2:35 AM

Spectacular shot. Going straight to my favourites.
Mac

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oll1e
oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 2:38 AM

superb ,just love those strong colours
ollie

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jon_han
jon_han  7 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 - 2:47 AM

very good shot! love the long exposure. the lead in is geat.you it follow and then wow !

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Douglas_George

Nice capture, Well done.

Dougie.

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Sheff
Sheff  6 England
8 Apr 2008 - 8:19 AM

Such amazing light. I must visit Iceland sometime

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JamesAppleton
8 Apr 2008 - 12:39 PM

Hi All, Thanks for the comments. Sheff, I'd definitely recommend it, and camp if you can - better scenery, better experience, and literally 5% the cost of a hotel...!

Icelandic light is like nowhere else I've ever been, really is something special...

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 12:41 PM

Great colour and composition.

I agree with James. I went to Iceland a few years ago, camping. The light is wonderful.

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Windmillskies

great composition veru graphic. lovely colours in the sky
martin

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crookymonsta e2 Member 6704 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2008 - 1:45 PM

Glad to make it 30, well deserved. Sandra

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viscostatic
8 Apr 2008 - 4:52 PM

A wonderful work of art.

Phil.

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Shennen
Shennen  6 United States
8 Apr 2008 - 6:28 PM

Just amazing

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
8 Apr 2008 - 6:30 PM

Superb composition, love the watery lead-in - the colours are superb!

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Adobecs
Adobecs  8114 forum posts England
8 Apr 2008 - 8:31 PM

Worth the wait, absolutely briliant.
Pat.

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 1:03 PM

pure poetry, i cant believe the score.

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joolsb
joolsb  1027115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 2:15 PM

One of the best shots I've seen on this site in a long time. Beautiful and flawlessly executed.

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tumienis
tumienis  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 4:47 PM

simply amazing! what a shot! love the collors and composition!

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 9:11 PM

Superbly composed and executed. I like the range of tones and their smooth transition throughout the image. Pure quality imo.
Alan.

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steve5452
steve5452  10 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2008 - 7:44 PM

What an amazing sky, wonderfull.

[:o)

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2008 - 5:28 PM

Stunning composition and colours.
Saved as favourite
Helen

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JamesAppleton
22 Sep 2008 - 5:46 PM

Helen - thankyou!

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stuart davies
17 Jan 2009 - 6:42 PM

A big Wow!
Stuart

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