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Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 9 January 2016 in Transportation and Portfolio.


In 1973, the US Navy airplane - a Douglas Super DC-3 - crash landed on Sólheimasandur beach in Iceland after what was later found to be a pilot's error. The crew all survived the impact, but the plane was abandoned rather than recovered - and lies there still in the middle of the black desert that surrounds it.

While this spot has become a lot more popular and accessible in the last few years, it was still on our list to visit and the experience of seeing the remains of the plane abandoned in the middle of nowhere was fascinating. Probably even just five years ago not many people would have known where to find it and how to get to it.

You can see the wreck in my photo and the desolate landscape around it. I went for a long exposure as the clouds were moving very fast and this gave the scene a bit of a surreal quality. I like the way the movement above contrasts with the stillness of the foreground.

Thank you all for viewing and commenting and I hope you continue to enjoy my perspective of Iceland :-)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 181 second F/18.0 ISO 50 24 mm

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