Duality

Posted by Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 23 October 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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A return to the windy evening at Stokksnes in the south of Iceland. I previously presented a photo that concentrated on the eastern end of the Vestrahorn mountain and made greater use of the motion of the clouds reflected in close foreground. Another photo that I wanted to take was a symmetrical reflection of the mountain. I was looking for a right spot and for a break in the wind to get as clear reflection as I could. I never quite got that perfectly still moment but I am very happy with this photo.

The clouds were moving so fast that only a moderate long exposure of sixty seconds was more that sufficient to photography the cloud movement and to smooth the water enough for the duality that I was looking for to appear. Luckily there were not too many distracting elements in this reasonably straight forward composition. There were moments when the water was being sucked out and that left rather unattractive looking foreground. However, as soon as it returned the reflection was back and it often felt just like standing on a mirror.

There were also a couple of moments when the tripod was disturbed by the very soft find black sand that I was standing on. As more water returned, it would start to sink ever so slightly and of course that meant the end of that particular long exposure. I was in no hurry though, because the rain stayed well away and the clouds just kept on coming and coming, so I was able to take more long exposures afterwards.

I thought about converting this photo to black and white and that was my original intention. However, I like the subtle blue tones and the scene already has a monochrome feel to it so for now I stayed with the colour version. I might yet do a black and white one or possibly use another photo from this session for that purpose.

In the meantime, I hope you like the duality of Vestrahorn as it is presented here.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
60 seconds
F/16.0
ISO 100
16 mm

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