We discovered this beautiful spot near Hofn in Iceland during our last trip in 2017. Strong winds have just pushed the rain away and we were driving to have a look the glacier Hoffellsjökull, which was not too far away. On the way we spotted this field of Lupines and I really liked the view beyond it with the mountains and dramatic clouds.
Summer has just begun and lupines were blossoming around Iceland, especially along the southern parts. In some places their fields would stretch out almost forever. This was a smaller field but the surrounding landscape made up for that plenty. The converging lines of the hills anchored by the mountain in far distance caught my attention instantly. The mid ground field of yellow flowers also provided good separation between the lupines and background.
The main challenge was to time my photo to coincide with a break in the strong gusty wind that kept at us all day, which is pretty much the standard weather out there. I thought I knew wind before going there but a couple of trips to Iceland verified that and we experienced some very tough conditions during both visits, including the phenomenon of horizontal rain.
I used a graduated filter to keep the highlights in the sky in check and also a polarising filter to remove glare from any wet patches on the leaves. That meant that my shutter speed was on the slower side. I did not want to bump the ISO to much and I wanted to keep sufficient depth of field in the scene. Because of these factors, I had to be patient and wait out the wind long enough. Fortunately, I was able to fine a moment or two of relative calm and to take this photo as I envisioned.
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