Fjallabak Shaft of Light, Iceland

Fjallabak Shaft of Light, Iceland
Iceland is a country with extremely changeable weather. Having grown up in Ireland, you'd think I'd be used to such things, but Iceland takes it to another level. This image was made on such a day. The fast-moving clouds created constantly changing light, which is both a boon and a curse for the photographer. It was made in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, which is a surreal landscape of black sand. The view is of a distant range of hills, and the sun has just broken through and illuminated a small patch of ground. This is an image that works best as a large print, as then the detail in the illuminated spot can be appreciated. This image may appear rather dark at first, but the tonalities in the clouds, the subtlety of the sunbeam and the shape of the hills all work together to create something truly special.

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Iceland is a country with extremely changeable weather. Having grown up in Ireland, you'd think I'd be used to such things, but Iceland takes it to another level. This image was made on such a day. The fast-moving clouds created constantly changing light, which is both a boon and a curse for the photographer. It was made in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, which is a surreal landscape of black sand. The view is of a distant range of hills, and the sun has just broken through and illuminated a small patch of ground. This is an image that works best as a large print, as then the detail in the illuminated spot can be appreciated. This image may appear rather dark at first, but the tonalities in the clouds, the subtlety of the sunbeam and the shape of the hills all work together to create something truly special.

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I run trips within Ireland and abroad. Past destinations include Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and the Faroe Islands.