The never ending gorgeous light was a constant feature during our recent travels through Iceland. I was always on a look out for possibilities and compositions to photograph some of that very late evening light - this photo was taken after 10pm - with its warm and soft character that brought our wonderful tones and detail in the landscape around us.
The beauty of Icelandic light is that the sun never really goes to high up in the sky for the entire day, which results in softer and more directional illumination. During the summer, even though the sun disappears briefly below the horizon, the light would continue forever through the night giving us endless options for photography and sight seeing. The only hard part was trying fit in some sleep somewhere.
In this scene, I noticed the low sun illuminate and sculpt some of the jagged hills near the town of Vik in Iceland. This happened during our hunt for puffin photos while climbing Reynisfjall mountain. I kept looking back every now and again and I nearly missed this moment. First I though it was still too bright and then the next moment I looked the light was starting to fade. I just got the best of it, I think, as it gave lovely warm highlights to the clouds and to the hills. The low sidelight also deepened the shadows in the crevices of the hills and gave wonderful shape and dimension to the land.
We did not find puffins on that day but we did find this scene and many other wonderful views along the way.
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