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Vestrahorn



Vestrahorn mountain in Iceland

Vestrahorn mountain in Iceland
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P-Squared
 
P-Squared September 23, 2021
Stunning!
nickannies
 
nickannies November 08, 2021
Stunning\u2764\uFE0F\u1F4AF
Jeremydean80 Platinum
 
Jeremydean80 December 07, 2021
Congratulations on winning runner-up in the creative composition contest! This is such a stunning shot! Nicely done!

Behind The Lens

Location
Vestrahorn is an epic mountain in Iceland, and it is probably on every photographer's bucket list. I took this shot in December 2020.
Time
I captured this shot at 3 PM, at sunset. Despite the gale-force wind coming from the north, I decided to give it a try and capture a few long exposure shots from the water. This view is towards the north, and I fought with the sea spray and the foam. Suddenly a big wave came up to my waist and filled up my boots with ice-cold water! Sneaker waves can surprise even experienced photographers.
Lighting
Late December, there is less than four hours of daylight, and the light is very pleasing during that time.
Equipment
I used my mirrorless Canon R5 with the 16-35mm f2/8L III USM lens on a sturdy Really Right Stuff tripod. I also used a 6-Stop ND filter from VFFOTO to blur the water.
Inspiration
I visited this spot many times before, but I was looking for new angles and compositions. This was the first time I was shooting standing in the water. I could literally hear my heart beating with every wave coming higher up my legs as the tide was coming in, but I wanted to capture the dramatic weather. The sea foam was flying everywhere and I had to clean my lens after every shot. Sometimes the best photos are taken in the worst weather!
Editing
I took several shots in the hope that some would be sharp. Although I had to remove a few droplets from the sea spray on my lens in post-processing, I was delighted to see the result. I increased the contrast and adjusted the highlights and shadows. I also added a slight violet hue to the image.
In my camera bag
Whenever I plan to shoot outdoors, I usually carry my full-frame Canon R5 with the 15-35mm wide-angle lens in my bag. I often use my 24-70 mm lens, too. If there is a chance to spot wildlife, I also pack the 100-400mm lens, as I love animals! I am a big fan of long exposure shots of running water or moving clouds. Therefore you can always find several VFFOTO neutral density filters as well as a polariser in my backpack. I use a sturdy tripod from Really Right Stuff. Spare batteries and memory cards are a must!
Feedback
Shooting from the water can be fun and creative, but you need to know the tide times and plan upfront. In Iceland, sneaker waves can surprise even experienced photographers; you need to be careful with your gear. Before entering the sea, observe the waves for a few minutes and plan your emergency exit route. Remember, never turn your back to the sea! I always have a spare pair of dry socks and boots in the car. A 3 or a 6 - stop ND filter works well for shots like this.

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