Evening Glow, Iceland

Beautiful landscape featuring sky, river and distant mountains photographed at sunset, IcelandCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 5D 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 35mm. Exposure Details: 2.5 seconds @ f11 ISO 100

How's this for a nice place to take an evening walk. Well, at this time of night most folks are safely cuddled up in bed. But its Iceland, midsummer, and you sleep when the light and weather allow you to.

I was so happy on this first night of our tour around Iceland. The light was just exquisite. We didn't find any location on that night that was an obvious choice for a landscape. Rather, my friend Joseph San Laureano and I just let the light lead us and then worked to make a decent composition from the landforms that presented themselves. As a case in point a reflective surface, like water, provides an extra level of luminosity and color to the scene.

The above image is a very quiet scene, but the diagonal direction of the clouds adds a dynamic, a certain brooding unquiet to the image that gives it the duality that I'm always attracted to in a good photograph.

While a relatively simple image it contains more than enough color. I always think that anymore than 3 distinctly different colors in the same photograph tends to confuse the average viewer. The purple/blue of the clouds and distant mountains, the yellow/orange of the water and sky and the yellow/green grass is, to my mind, already pushing the envelope a bit. Any more colors and the simplicity of the image would be lost. It's just another example of the old Keep It Simple Sausage (KISS) principle.

But, in this case, pushing the envelope a little maybe isn't such a bad thing. It may be enhancing that sense of disquiet, just a tiny bit more, to make for a more compelling image. Remember, the longer they look, the more you win.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru