The Story Behind The Photo.
Febuary 2018. Having travelled to Iceland with the hope of seeing the northern lights and ultimately being dissapointed, I ended up in a hostel in a lovely town called Vik.
Whilst chatting to the host for the evening I was explaing my plans to travel to Reynisfjara Beach the following day, he described the short walk over the hill to take me straight to the beach. The following morning I have a nice relaxing breakfast and headed out into the darkness (Very short daylight hours during that time of year) Following the memory of the path I should follow I began walking in strong winds, following the obvious path in front of me.
After quite a while I realised that I must have follwed the wrong path, as the sun was rising I could see a lone building in the distance that must lead to somewhere, I carried on into the strong winds with the soft volcanic road beneath my walking boots. Getting closer to the building I realised the road lead to the edge of a cliff, thinking I had wasteda morning walking to nowhere, I decided to go to the cliff edge to get my bearings and work out how to get down to the beach.
As I approached the cliff edge the view of Reynisdranger rocks appeared before me, being buffeted by the strong winds I decided imediately I had to capture this moment. Trying to get a long exposure image in the strong sideways winds was going to be impossible but that was the only way I could imagine it capturing the vision I could see. I edged closer to the face cliff face, below me was a small ledge that could possibly offer me some shelter.
After assembling my camera and tripod, I lay them down near the cliff edge and carefully lowered myself onto the ledge below, setting up the camera between my legs and trying to protect it from the wind, I hit the shutter button and waited for the image to appear on the screen.
The result was exactly what I had envisioned in my mind.
Without doubt my favourite image I have taken in Iceland and my favourite landscape image up to now. The rocks standing still emongst the strong crashing waves and the misty views ahead sums alot up for me.
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