I went on a long waited weekend shoot this weekend. The endless rain has kept me home for weeks but this weekend I teamed up with Skarpi to the north west Iceland.
The days are getting short here now and we had good light throughout the day for shooting. My favorite season for photography is starting although the important snow is still missing.
This shot is from a rarely visited peninsula called Vatnsnes. A long narrow dirt road encircles the peninsula that is still very much original Iceland and looks the same as it did decades ago when I was there a kid on a farm during summer. It offers plenty of seascape possibilities. We spotted these rock formations in the sea from the road and we asked the farmer living close by if we could drive through his land to the coast. Not only was that no problem but he also told us the name of these small sea stacks. Tröllabörn in Icelandic means children of trolls. Old Icelandic folklore is full of stories of trolls that roam the night which turn into stone if they see the rays of the sun. These small sea-stacks must therefore have once been a row of troll children.
Now to the technical stuff. This was the first shot I have using my new 105mm Lee polarizer. Even though I was shooting with the sunset in my back the polarizer did help with the water surface and also with bringing out colors and contrast in the front lit clouds. Combined with two gradual neutral density filter the scene was completely transformed into this smooth colorful image.