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Remains of Time

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 8 March 2021 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


Area around the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur in Iceland abounds in many interesting geological formations. I have posted a couple of them already and this is a look inside another breathtaking canyon. Its name is Fjaðrárgljúfur and it is rather well known these days, especially to the fans of one Justin Bieber. One of his music videos was filmed here and it resulted in rapid influx of visitors to the area, which caused for the canyon to be closed for a few months so that nature around it could regenerate. There was a marked difference between our visits in 2015 and 2019. During our first trip you could easily walk right along the edges and walk out onto a number of outcrops to admire views and different perspectives. In 2019 there was a lot more fencing installed to protect the nature and that kept many previously accessible places off limits.

In any case, the canyon is wonderful. Different somewhat in nature to the one I posted here. A little bit more rocky, slightly shallower but more twisty and sharp in its appearance. It is believed that it formed around 10,000 years ago so what you can see here truly are remains of time. The river flowing through the canyon is called Fjaðrá and when its level is low you can actually wander inside the canyon, if you have a pair of wellingtons or some waders handy.

This is the view from the viewing platform farther into to canyon, looking towards it exit point. The surroundings were not quite as autumnal as in some of the previous photos. The canyon still retained a lot of green tones with just the odd touches of other colours. Overcast sky worked well for the dramatic feeling that the canyon seems to exude. I could feel how the time has been chipping away at the landscape, leaving these strange shapes in place. I used a polarising filter to reduce the glare and to darken the river and to increase the saturation of green tones. It also helped with increasing the contrast slightly that added good depth to the scene.

In post processing I worked a bit more to enhance the contrast to bring out the subtle tonal differences between the different elements in the canyon. I also used dodging and burning to add dimension and depth. This technique is one of my favourites to use and also I feel it is one of the most artistic techniques to be used in photo post processing. I am really glad I learned about it and it forms the basis of most of my processing work.

I am coming to the end of the current run of images from Iceland. I am sure I will go back to many other photos taken there and post them in the future. I hope you have been enjoying them and as always, thank you all for you comments and support.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 400 35 mm

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