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Descending Gloom

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 19 April 2021 in Landscape & Rural.


Another black and white image from Faroe Islands and there may be many more yet forthcoming. It was just that kind of weather which greeted us over the first few days. I took this image on the road to a small, and well known amongst photographers these days, village of Saksun. A moment of brightness gave us some hope but when we arrived at the destination, there was not even a chance of getting out of the car with pouring rain and howling wind around us. Still, it all made for occasional great moody conditions along the drive and I was happy to find a short break in the rain to photograph this scene.

I mentioned under previous photo that rain was chasing us away and we had to move on from the small church in Haldarsvík. Despite the weather we still wanted to try and get to Saksun to scout the location and to at least have a look around. That meant driving straight back into the approaching clouds and hoping for a moment of clarity. The bright glow you see in the distance in today's image is a little deceptive. It did fill us with hope as we kept going ahead. However, as soon as we got to the valley ahead, we realised that all the rain and wind were just coming like crazy right through that valley and there was no further breaks for a long time to come. It got a lot darker very quickly and all the ominous clouds you can see descended upon us in next to no time. It was a hazard to even try and open the car doors when we got to Saksun. Luckily we knew that we had time to make it here again before departing the Faroes so we were able to leave the village to return at a later time.

The composition I chose here is an almost classic road photo and I was looking at the best way to work with the light that appeared in the distance. We had to drive slowly on this narrow road and that allowed me to be ready in case a photo opportunity came up. When we left our previous location, I did not pack up my gear fully, I kept the filter holder on and had the camera ready attached to a folded tripod so that I could quickly jump out and take a photo. I had the rain cover on as well and it sure came in very handy in these conditions.

It is always good to be prepared. In addition to the pre-planned photography outings, I also enjoy greatly the more spontaneous photographic moments. Often they can be easily missed because of their fleeting nature but sometimes I am able to catch them right on the spot. It is usually a snap decision. Many times I have seen something and the instance I hesitated, the light and conditions changed and the moment was gone. Now I know that I need to make a quick decision. It means being more aware of the surroundings and paying attention to detail. I would not stop suddenly in the middle of road but I would be on a look out for potential parking spots and run off areas where I would be able to safely turn off the road if needed. It was very quiet on this road and that helped with being able to take this photo and I also had my partner on the look out for any oncoming vehicles.

I hope you find the background to my photos interesting and that you enjoy this moody interpretation of the scene that we witnessed on the road to Saksun. Your comments are always welcome and I appreciate all the interest and support form everyone.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 200 35 mm

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