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Helpless Sun

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 6 January 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


The sun desperately tries to break through dark clouds as it rises over the Reynisfjara Beach and the famous basalt sea stacks - Reynisdrangar, in Iceland.

I spent a great morning shooting from the rocks that you can see in the bottom right hand corner of the scene. I was capturing the Black Sand Beach and the sea stacks from different perspectives before deciding to drive further up the coastal cliff to capture the Dyrhólaey arch.

Sometimes it pays to look around behind you, or in this case in the rear view mirror of my car, to see an amazing sight opening up just when you least expect it. As I was driving up the steep hill towards the arch, I looked in my mirrors to see a break in the clouds opening up and this dramatic and contrasting scene developing very quickly. The wind was picking up sharply and the clouds were moving rapidly across the sky. I stopped on the side of the road immediately and had just enough time to shoot three or four frames.

It was one of those moments when I was really pumped up to see the results on my camera screen. I did not make it to the arch in the end but I was more than happy with the shots I took on the way.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 50 105 mm

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