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Vestrahorn



On my way around the ring road of Iceland, I once again passed by Vestrahorn, an amazing mountain at the coast of Iceland

Last time I visited, the ...
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On my way around the ring road of Iceland, I once again passed by Vestrahorn, an amazing mountain at the coast of Iceland

Last time I visited, the weather was terrible, but this time.. oh boy.. I was blessed with clear skies, stars in the thousands, and northern lights behind the mountain..

It was just an amazing experience


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Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose December 22, 2017
Stunning photo, a master piece!
Brian_Lichtenstein
Brian_Lichtenstein February 02, 2018
Thank you so much :)
MooreVisionPhotography
 
MooreVisionPhotography December 22, 2017
Incredible piece of art. Great shot!
Brian_Lichtenstein
Brian_Lichtenstein February 02, 2018
Thank you so much :)
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johnboywalton196 January 20, 2018
Very commercial image! Brilliant in composition and style. Absolutely jaw dropping image, extremely well captured!
Brian_Lichtenstein
Brian_Lichtenstein February 02, 2018
Thank you :) I'm really happy you like it
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maurocirigliano January 31, 2018
Congratulation for the win ! It's a amazing shot !
Brian_Lichtenstein
Brian_Lichtenstein June 08, 2018
Thank you
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edhendricks January 31, 2018
Congratulations on the win.. awesome shot.. well deserved win
Brian_Lichtenstein
Brian_Lichtenstein June 08, 2018
Thank you
AnjaRobanke
 
AnjaRobanke February 02, 2018
Tillykke Brian - Så lækkert :)
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6798_7587 April 03, 2018
Breath taking
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Flokiteashusky April 05, 2018
Great shot!
Brian_Lichtenstein
Brian_Lichtenstein July 15, 2018
Thank you
jaynugget24 PRO+
 
jaynugget24 October 06, 2018
Breathtaking!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO October 24, 2018
very nice shoot , good job

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Behind The Lens

Location
So this is an image from one of the most known locations in Iceland, a mountain range called Vestrahorn. The combination of the mountain and the black sand are really what many photographers want to see and shoot when they visit Iceland, so that makes Vestrahorn a perfect, but most of the time, a crowded location.
Time
The images is taken right around midnight during winter, it wasn't really planned, if I had planned to shoot here, I might have gotten there earlier to be able to scout the location a bit more than what was possible at this time of night
Lighting
The image is really to images, one for the mountain and the sky and one for the foreground, so I could lower my ISO a but for the foreground. The northern light seen behind the mountain was a "mistake" because it wasn't really visible when I was there, I just saw this glow on my screen when I captured the image, and kinda figured it was clouds and maybe a far away town lighting the clouds from below. But the viewing a map later on, I saw there was no lightpollution nearby, and when in the car, nice and warm, I could see the different color tones, so I became aware of this being my first image of the northern lights :)
Equipment
The images is shot with a canon 5D mark 4, a 16-35mm lens, and my trusty Gitzo traveller tripod.
Inspiration
I visited this location during summer the year before, and although I love the area and the majestic mountain in general, I was kinda fed up seeing images from this location due to its massive popularity among photographers. So as mentioned before, it wasn't planned, we just drove past, coming from the northern part of Iceland, and we were chasing the northern lights at a few other location, but as we drove past, I just wanted my buddy to see the area at night and see the stars on an image, since it was our first night with a clear sky. If I had gotten an image, that was planned, and with the normal dancing aurora above the mountain, then I'm not sure I would have saved or shared the image, because of the similarity to so many other images. But as soon as I saw the light bing like this, with the shutter speed chosen, I new I had something special.
Editing
Nothing much, blended the foreground in, to get sharp sand dunes, and a bit of color grading
In my camera bag
The gear mentioned before are always in my bag, then a 70-200 and my filters
Feedback
My advice is not to capture something similar, see a location as an interesting opportunity to explore, but don't try to copy or mimic another photo from the same location. Be sure to stand out in your photography, and sometimes it means to skip the famous locations. The most important thing to remember when shooting landscapes, is to expect to fail, and to go out with no intention of capturing an image, and to be able to just explore and enjoy. When you are able to do that, you'll find the unique compositions most of us are looking for.

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