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Kirkjufjell II

By JamesAppleton  
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!

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Tags: Landscape and travel

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oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 8:14PM
love the composition and that gorgeous mountain ,the foreground works very well .But i can understand the probs with sky and balance .
well done

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maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
20 Apr 2009 8:14PM
Wow ! What an interesting scene, love the conical shape of the mountain and the f/g is superb
20 Apr 2009 8:34PM
Wonderful image, really like this.

John Smile
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
20 Apr 2009 9:11PM
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
JamesAppleton 10 38 6 England
20 Apr 2009 9:22PM
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...
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 10:12PM
A stunning image none the less and a fantasic location. Got to get myself over there!

Chris C
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
20 Apr 2009 11:21PM
Awesome, will have to visit Snaefellsness on my next visit ! Ron.
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
21 Apr 2009 9:46AM
Compsotion is spot on!

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2009 12:35PM
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
paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2009 10:41PM
Should have had loads more attention.
Very dramatic.
timparkin 11 27 United Kingdom
15 May 2009 10:10PM
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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