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Witch's Finger

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 7 September 2021 in Landscape & Rural.


This is a formation called Witch's Finger on Vágar in the Faroe Islands. There are two good view points that can be accessed. One is on the same side of the fjord as the sea stack and the other is on the opposite shore. We visited both of them and while the first spot gets you closer to the formation, we had better conditions from the more distant vantage point. There was lovely light hitting the cliffs and I chose to go with black and white processing to emphasise the contrast in detail and textures. I was also able to photograph it with my 70-200mm lens that probably does not get as much use as it should but is always in my kit in case an opportunity like this comes up.

It is one of my more "straight forward" photos, if you can call any that. Once I had my longer lens set up, all I had to do was choose the composition and wait for the sea stack to be illuminated by the sunlight. With all the clouds around the light was just perfect for this scene. It did not just light up everything but I was able to pick a moment when just the main cliffs were highlighted and shadows around them worked as a natural vignette. Sometimes waiting for a moment like this can be frustrating, especially when you are time limited, but luckily nature and weather cooperated nicely on this occasion.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/400 second F/2.8 ISO 100 200 mm

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