Afterglow_Sky and Water_Iceland

The warm afterglow, following a sunset, reflected into a river on a beautiful still night in rural Iceland Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 24mm ISO 100.

Here's a beautiful part of the world that's a long, long way from my home in Melbourne, Australia. Our first day on our Highway 1 circumnavigation around Iceland was one of the most picturesque. From memory we drove from late afternoon, chasing the midnight sun, until around 3am. This image was made after 11pm as the sun dipped, albeit just for a short time, below the horizon.


We stopped numerous times that night to explore a range of subject matter by the road. In this way we got to photograph rivers, waterfalls, lakes and dams. It was a great night and a reminder of the fact that the best images are often made while on the journey and not on arrival at any predesignated destination. The trick is to be open to possibilities, be prepared to stop and explore and, most importantly, allow sufficient time to do so.


This was quite a high contrast scene. In this case I exposed for the sky and brighter areas of the water and allowed the surrounding land to render as black. This approach has emphasised the shape of the dam and increases the apparent brightness and saturation of the vividly coloured water within.


It was a simple, yet beautiful scene to behold. One I was glad to witness and photograph. And I'm really happy to be able to share it with you today.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru