Vesturhorn 30x20



A rare bit of sun in mid-February, before the next blizzard blew in

A rare bit of sun in mid-February, before the next blizzard blew in
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at Vestrahorn, on the Stokksnes peninsula, on the southeast tip of Iceland, during late winter. We got lucky and had a bit of a sunny break in between snow squalls blowing in off the North Atlantic. A lot of the beach was covered in ice.
Time
Late afternoon.
Lighting
Getting late afternoon sun on the mountains was amazing, given the stormy weather.
Equipment
Canon 5Dm4, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens at 16mm, gitzo tripod and head. Shot a panorama using the lens in portrait mode, which gives it its unique spatial distortion.
Inspiration
Even though this is a "bucket-list" kind of shot, the actual locale is raw and gripping, since the storms come in right off the North Atlantic. I wasn't happy with the standard landscape shots, and I wanted to get the curves of the tufts of grasses on the dunes. I think it is impossible to capture the sheer scale of this landscape with a single shot.
Editing
Mostly just panorama-stitching.
In my camera bag
Canon 100-400mm F/4-5.6, Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for astrophotography, Tamron 150-600mm lens for wildlife, remote shutter release, intervalometer, sometimes I use CP or ND filters, sometimes I use CamRanger or similar when shooting things like Milky Way, meteor showers, timelapse.
Feedback
Find someplace you love. Learn its moods. Learn when it reveals things through the light. There's a saying, you never step into the same river twice. Similarly, I think you never take the same photograph twice.

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