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A downed DC-3 plane from 1973 on the black sand beaches in Iceland. Everyone survived.

A downed DC-3 plane from 1973 on the black sand beaches in Iceland. Everyone survived.
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geordieschords
 
geordieschords March 16, 2015
Great photo, I hope many others visit Iceland after seeing your images.
DanielODriscoll
 
DanielODriscoll April 02, 2016
Fantastic angle. I truly love this photo. Thanks for posting the Behind The Lens, very interesting!
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photoABSTRACTION April 02, 2016
Congrats on the Made of Steel contest win. Just one thing though, planes are made of aluminum, not steel.
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead April 03, 2016
Congratulations ! Awesome image !!
boyke66
 
boyke66 April 21, 2016
Love it!
rickmcgilvray
 
rickmcgilvray June 20, 2017
Your best shot! It's perfect...
lyndaldavies
 
lyndaldavies February 04, 2018
Wow!
rinhoshigumo
 
rinhoshigumo August 04, 2020
Oddly reminiscent of the Viking Memorial photo.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was shot on a very overcast day on the black sand beaches of Vik, Iceland.
Time
This was a difficult location for a few reasons. First, the general vicinity was about a three hour drive from our hotel in Reykjavik. Second, there is no road that leads to it. Third, the ground was covered in fresh snow which made for finding the location even more difficult. And finally, it was about 4pm by the time we arrived and it was such an overcast day with another storm coming. There wasn't even any cloud movement to spice up the sky. Very grey, very dull, very worn.
Lighting
Light conditions were not optimal. Grey skies, snow everywhere. Usually those factors make for a very uninteresting photograph. I knew I had to compose the image the right way to make it more appealing.
Equipment
Manfrotto Tripod, Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm f1.8
Inspiration
I had been looking to find this location for years and finally made my trip to Iceland. The fuselage of this DC-3 plane has been sitting there, undisturbed, since the '70s and has clearly stood the test of time. It's out on a beach, in the middle of nowhere, incredibly isolated. It's just plain interesting.
Editing
I softened up the sky to enhance the overcast-ness. I also made the plane a bit more contrasted to take on a grittier feel.
In my camera bag
Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200mm f4, 50mm f1.8, 16-35mm f4. Manfrotto tripod, and some extra batteries and memory cards.
Feedback
First, get there. You can't photograph a beautiful place if you don't get up and go. Don't make excuses, just make it happen. Second, have patience. In this case, I only had a few hours of light left and a storm coming in so I had to make shots with what I had. Third, theres always a plan B. If your conditions haven't worked out, there's always another shot to be taken. You just have to have an open mind and be willing to see it.

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