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Frozen



Iceland is incredible, especially in winter when you can hear the silence of the snow to hush the roar of the sea..

Iceland is incredible, especially in winter when you can hear the silence of the snow to hush the roar of the sea..

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12 Comments | Report
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 October 09, 2015
Beautifully captured!
luisa
 
luisa February 28, 2016
wow
jayceefoto
 
jayceefoto March 03, 2016
Stunning image
Vinnie01
 
Vinnie01 February 08, 2017
Looks amazing!
denisenewman PRO
 
denisenewman March 08, 2017
Out of this world - breathtaking...
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose June 07, 2017
Wow, your work is amazing! You have great talent!
debbiemilner PRO+
 
debbiemilner August 11, 2017
Breath Taking Beautiful
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 24, 2017
Very cool, Outstanding capture / Voted
frankseltmann
 
frankseltmann October 16, 2017
beautiful landscape, great shot
Paulacook144 PRO
 
Paulacook144 February 08, 2018
Beautiful image well seen and handled.
BenOPhoto
 
BenOPhoto February 09, 2018
This is an amazing shot. Makes me think of something you’d see in a video game or something. Well done!!
bobtoye PRO+
 
bobtoye September 14, 2018
Sweet one. Out Snaefellsnes way?

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Behind The Lens

Location
"Frozen" was captured during a trip to Iceland in late winter, a wonderful moment to enjoy the beauty of this country. The exact location is the arch near Arnastarpi village, in the Snæfellsnes peninsula. During this period of the year, snow cover all the landscape and the atmosphere is just magical!
Time
The shoot is taken at sunrise. When I woke up I was not sure to try this shot as I was sleeping at 1-hour drive from this spot and it was snowing pretty hard. I decided in any case to try as according to the satellite, the storm was supposed to end just before sunrise. While driving, I got stuck in the road due to the snow...luckily just a few minutes after I was rescued by a snowplow that not only pushed me out from the snow but literally opened the road in front of me. Thaks to him I was able to reach this spot in time for the sunrise!
Lighting
As usual, my idea was to capture a long exposure. The storm just ended left everything white, and the sky was clearing up letting the sunrise light to light up the higher clouds. The only concern was the sea that apparently was too choppy for a long exposure. But then I tried to visualize the shot in my mind and I understood that the white halo on the water could have looked like ice in this particular situation, and so I set my 2 minutes exposure. The result is this picture, that's one of my personal favorites
Equipment
At that time I was using a Canon 5D Mk III camera. The Zeiss Distagon T* 3,5/18mm was my lens choice, as it's so wide and sharp. A sturdy tripod was mandatory in this situation, as they were filters: here I used a NiSi GND 3 stop Hard and a NiSi ND64, plus the polarizer.
Inspiration
I wanted to capture something that was able to transmit not only the beauty of a location but also the feeling behind. Ice and cold were of the main characters in Iceland in that season, and so I wanted to make them the subject of my image too. If while you look at the picture you think something like "Oh, that was cold for sure", I nailed it
Editing
Yes, post-processing is always mandatory for every shot, but I applied just a light one. This shot is the result of a single exposure thanks of the use of the filters, so using Adobe Lightroom was enough. Basically, it was a 15 min job.
In my camera bag
I love to travel as light as I can, also because when you have too much gear with you it's always hard to decide which one to use. In my backpack you can find just a body and two prime lenses. Yes, using prime lenses is a great exercise to train your vision, because you are not anymore in the comfort zone of a zoom lens: to compose, you have to move. Then the tripod and the filter bag are absolutely a must for my long exposures, as accessories like spare batteries (especially with the cold outside) and a remote shutter. A bottle of water, some chocolate, a headlamp and a first aid kit complete my backpack
Feedback
Capturing a long exposure could be really frustrating, especially if you don't use a specific technique to calculate the shutter speed and you go only by chance. Always try first to take a good shot (good focus, good composition, good histogram) without the ND filter and only after install the ND filter. To calculate the shutter speed with ND filter, take the shutter speed of the shot taken without and compensate it for the density introduced by the ND filter. You don't have to be good at math, just use a conversion table or an app for your smartphone!

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