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Icelandic Serenity

By JamesAppleton  
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...

Tags: Sunset Landscape Colour Light River Beach Waves Seascape Pink Sea Coast Iceland Ocean Long exposure Atlantic Drama Smooth Landscape and travel Vik

Voters: mattberry, skoffs, Take-a-View and 49 more

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Comments


Take-a-View 12 293 5 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 12:23AM
Simply stunning.

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Artois 10 405 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 12:24AM
stunning image, love the sky and composition
8 Apr 2008 12:33AM
Absolute beautiful colours !! excellent shot
8 Apr 2008 2:35AM
Spectacular shot. Going straight to my favourites.
Mac
oll1e Plus
9 57 2 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 2:38AM
superb ,just love those strong colours
ollie
jon_han 9 2 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 2:47AM
very good shot! love the long exposure. the lead in is geat.you it follow and then wow !
8 Apr 2008 6:40AM
Nice capture, Well done.

Dougie.
Sheff 8 England
8 Apr 2008 8:19AM
Such amazing light. I must visit Iceland sometime
JamesAppleton 8 38 6 England
8 Apr 2008 12:39PM
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...
8 Apr 2008 12:41PM
Great colour and composition.

I agree with James. I went to Iceland a few years ago, camping. The light is wonderful.
Windmillskies 11 183 England
8 Apr 2008 1:36PM
great composition veru graphic. lovely colours in the sky
martin
8 Apr 2008 1:45PM
Glad to make it 30, well deserved. Sandra
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2008 4:52PM
A wonderful work of art.

Phil.
8 Apr 2008 6:28PM
Just amazing
AlanBW 10 20 England
8 Apr 2008 6:30PM
Superb composition, love the watery lead-in - the colours are superb!
Adobecs 10 114 England
8 Apr 2008 8:31PM
Worth the wait, absolutely briliant.
Pat.
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2008 1:03PM
pure poetry, i cant believe the score.
joolsb 12 27.1k 38 Switzerland
6 May 2008 2:15PM
One of the best shots I've seen on this site in a long time. Beautiful and flawlessly executed.
tumienis 12 2 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 4:47PM
simply amazing! what a shot! love the collors and composition!
Paintman Plus
10 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 9:11PM
Superbly composed and executed. I like the range of tones and their smooth transition throughout the image. Pure quality imo.
Alan.
steve5452 12 15 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2008 7:44PM
What an amazing sky, wonderfull.

[:o)
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 5:28PM
Stunning composition and colours.
Saved as favourite
Helen
JamesAppleton 8 38 6 England
22 Sep 2008 5:46PM
Helen - thankyou!
17 Jan 2009 6:42PM
A big Wow!
Stuart

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