As landscape photography is one of my main areas of interest, I am am truly excited about this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape. Each day this week, I will share some of my favorite landscape shots.
Iceland is a truly beautiful country and just a dream for landscape photography, such as this shot that I captured last year of the view across the Siglufjörður on the north coast of Iceland.
The road in this area follows the coast line, which means it traces the fjords that are prevalent here. Each of these fjords has its own character, with some of the smaller ones without settlement and the larger ones with small towns and villages. The fjord often provides a natural harbor and shelter from the Atlantic storms.
The light off the peak made for a bit of magic in this afternoon image.
This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 24-105 f/4L lens (circular polarizer attached). This was a series of images with the mean exposure value at 1/100 second at f/11 at 200 ISO; the 3 images were at 0 EV, -1 EV and +1 EV. Photomatix Pro was used to create the final image.
As it has been a pretty busy week, today’s slide will not be a slide, but rather an iPhone image from last year. I will get time this weekend to plan out next week’s mystery with more detail.
I am confident that many among you can identify the country, where I captured this image, but how many among you can identify the city (not easy, but I think the boat does provide a hint about the area of the country…)
Back to Iceland to vist one of the really impressive areas with geothermal activity that gives you an idea of the power of the planet: Hverarönd.
When I walked toward this geothermal area in northern Iceland, the first thing that struck me is the smell of sulphurdioxide: rotten eggs! With the barren landscape, its steam vents, the hissing of the escaping steam and the bouquet, it gives one the sense of walking into a landscape that would have been fitting for Hieronymus Bosch.
I could appreciate that people might have horrific fantasies of demons and trolls popping up from this landscape.
At the same time, one has to appreciate the beauty of this barren landscape, its colors and amazing contrasts.
Take a tour up north, the next time you’re in Iceland and go explore Hverarönd and the Myvatn area, as the landscape lover in you will not be disappointed!
Each of these images was captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens with a circular polarizer (hence the saturated sky). Various exposure settings were used with an eye towards keeping adequate depth of field.