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Not All Doom and Gloom

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 7 October 2020 in Landscape & Rural.


I have been tending towards the darker and moodier images in my work in recent times. Today I really wanted to show that it is not all doom and gloom out there for a number of reasons. First is that I do love bright and colourful photos and I thoroughly enjoy being out there in these conditions. Second is that I wanted to show that Iceland can be bright and vibrant as well. Yes, it can be unforgiving, windy and rainy but it can also look stunning on a clear day, especially in autumn. Third is that we need to forget all the dark messages spread by the media and unsavoury individuals in these strange times and we need to realise that these too will pass and that there will be happier times ahead. I hope this photo does make you feel that way or at least it brings a little bit of light and colour into your world.

This is the view of Iceland that greeted us as we left Reykjavik and headed towards the highlands almost exactly a year ago (it was at the end of September). The weather was warmish (for Iceland) and autumn colours were out in full in Thingvellir National Park. The sun was already much lower over the horizon throughout the day and that low angle provided lovely illumination on the area. I remember when we travelled to Iceland for the first time, which was in September as well, and I was so amazed that the sun never got up higher than around 45 degrees over the horizon. We were sitting in the early afternoon at Jokulsarlon lagoon and our shadows were already very long. It is great to have that kind of light for the entire day. Last year, I could not be happier again as I loved seeing Iceland in this light.

In terms of photography, it was a very straight forward hand held shot with a classic road composition. The colours in the foreground were beautiful and the mountain also look brilliant with the light sculpting it superbly. It was a quiet morning so not many cars were travelling along this road and it was safe to get out there to take this photo. I had my polarising filter on, which I almost always do for my landscape photos, and that worked to further enhance contrast and colours. It also allowed to deepen and darken the blue sky. I would have loved a few more clouds but I was happy that there were a least some around to add a touch of texture to the sky. Later on that day, the sky was completely covered in clouds, as you can see back in this image, which was taken in the afternoon on the same day.

I am really enjoying going slowly through my photos from Iceland from 2019 and I am very glad I was able to re-live this day again during my processing work. It took me back straight to that day and it felt like being there all over again. I am also very happy to be able to share it with you, as we need as many magical moments right now as possible.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/80 second F/8.0 ISO 200 70 mm

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