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Late evening sun slicing through a gap in the clouds and beginning to light up the side of one of Iceland's most beautiful mountains. The foreground waterfalls are just starting their spring thaw. This was a tricky choice - I've got a series of photos over a period of ten minutes, and the light became progressively stronger. The sky, however, suffered and the mountain seemed a little over-bearing when the light was at its strongest, so I've uploaded the shot with the weakest lighting, but that seems to have the best balance overall of contrast. Maybe sometime I'll upload a stronger example and people can offer their own opinions on the merits of each!

www.jamesappleton.co.uk - Wedding, Landscape and Architectural Photographer...

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lens:Canon 17 - 40 f/4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Kirkjufjell II
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:20 Apr 2009 - 8:08 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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oll1e
oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2009 - 8:14 PM

love the composition and that gorgeous mountain ,the foreground works very well .But i can understand the probs with sky and balance .
well done
ollie

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 666 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2009 - 8:14 PM

Wow ! What an interesting scene, love the conical shape of the mountain and the f/g is superb
Mary

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2009 - 8:34 PM

Wonderful image, really like this.

John Smile

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2009 - 9:11 PM

gorgeous mountain, i'm sure your judgement is spot on regarding which works the best. the middle of the image looks a tad dark on my screen, but then that probably adds to the mood.lesley

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JamesAppleton
20 Apr 2009 - 9:22 PM

Lesley I think you're right, slack posting on my part there - I'll go through at some point and a little burn should correct everything! Looking at the patches of snow around there it's probably a case of the grad filter slipping down a little lower than needed...

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User_Removed
20 Apr 2009 - 10:12 PM

A stunning image none the less and a fantasic location. Got to get myself over there!

Chris C

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2009 - 11:21 PM

Awesome, will have to visit Snaefellsness on my next visit ! Ron.

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2009 - 9:46 AM

Compsotion is spot on!

Rgds
Paul

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2009 - 12:35 PM

super composition and the best compromise for light i think, a little more light mid distance would have been nice, but hey, you have to be pleased with the result
phil

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paulstefan
4 May 2009 - 10:41 PM

Should have had loads more attention.
Very dramatic.
Paul..

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timparkin
timparkin  827 forum posts United Kingdom
15 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

This is a stunning composition... I normally don't like 3x2 ratio portrait shots but this uses the space really well. One of the key elements for me is the channel taken by the upper spout... that shape helps link the top and bottom halves of the picture. stunning..

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