Vik, Iceland

Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 6400, FL 55 mm, 1/8 sec @ f/10

Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 6400, FL 55 mm, 1/8 sec @ f/10

Vík í Mýrdal is located in southern Iceland.  It is most known for the sea stacks located off it’s black volcanic sand beaches.  The legend is that the imposing basalt Reynisdrangar sea stacks located not far from the surf’s edge are trolls that were turned to stone when they attempted to plunder an anchored schooner.  In the early morning dawn hours, I was with a group of photographers who went to the beach to photograph the sea stacks.  But what caught our eye was the village church that was warmly lit beautifully against the craggy mountain cliffs behind it.  The wind was horrific and I was struggling to capture this image.  My travel tripod, while convenient for increasingly restrictive airline travel,  was just not up to the demands of the Icelandic wind.  My only recourse was to shoot with the highest ISO my camera could deliver and so, that is what I did.  I also had to hand hold the camera with a relatively long exposure time of 1/8 second.  As a consequence, my image was not as sharp as I would have liked and it is noisier than I would have liked.  Nonetheless, shortly after this image was taken, the floodlit church went black as the village became bathed in early sunrise light and so I considered myself lucky to have captured the image and to have seen it for myself.

About Diana Davidson

Physician, traveler, photographer, tennis player, reader, teacher, student

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