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    Music for today : black sand beach by David W. Jones

    Back to Iceland photography!!

    a little dyptich from Reynisdrangar at Vík í Mýrdal!! An on and off on myself at this beautiful black beach!!

    these Columnar basalt are really impressive face to that black sand beach!!

    a little wikipedia note:

    Columnar basalt:

    During the cooling of a thick lava flow, contractional joints or fractures form. If a flow cools relatively rapidly, significant contraction forces build up. While a flow can shrink in the vertical dimension without fracturing, it cannot easily accommodate shrinking in the horizontal direction unless cracks form; the extensive fracture network that develops results in the formation of columns. The topology of the lateral shapes of these columns can broadly be classed as a random cellular network. These structures are often erroneously described as being predominantly hexagonal. In reality, the mean number of sides of all the columns in such a structure is indeed six (by geometrical definition), but polygons with three to twelve or more sides can be observed. Note that the size of the columns depends loosely on the rate of cooling.

    black sand:

    Black sand is sand that is black in color. One type of black sand is a heavy, glossy, partly magnetic mixture of usually fine sands, found as part of a placer deposit. Another type of black sand, found on beaches near a volcano, consists of tiny fragments of lava.
    While some beaches are predominantly made of black sand, even other colour beaches (e.g. gold and white) can often have deposits of black sand, particularly after storms. Larger waves can sort out sand grains leaving deposits of heavy minerals visible on the surface of erosion scarps.

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    1. Julien Ratel ( Júllí Jónsson ) 63 months ago | reply

      Hey dear friends, You can now buy my art on imagekind!!



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      Others shots to see from my trip in my icelandic set:
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    2. Julien Ratel ( Júllí Jónsson ) 63 months ago | reply

      Here are the two wide photos of the dyptich:

      columnar baslt:
      ISL_0289-201

      Black sand beach:
      ISL_0281-193-Modifier

    3. Shirren Lim 63 months ago | reply

      sooooo grand... blueju! :))
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    4. ♥ Sabrina Dacos ♥ 63 months ago | reply

      wow, such amazing places.. and two excellent b&w shots,
      they look great together in the diptych!

    5. Toni_V 63 months ago | reply

      excellent work, Julien !

    6. Vins 64 63 months ago | reply

      il y a le même style de pavés à la chaussée des géants en irlande du nord

    7. s0ulsurfing 63 months ago | reply

      stunning scenes, i would love to explore that coastline

    8. thierry.courosse (busy !!! totally !!!) 63 months ago | reply

      Fantastic contrast !! Amazing !!

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    9. CarloAlessioCozzolino 63 months ago | reply

      Splendido monocromo!

    10. LilFr38 63 months ago | reply

      Ça j'adore, superbe!
      Et tu sais quoi... Je me suis assis sur les colonnes de la photo 1 ;-)
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    11. Rémy_ERRA 63 months ago | reply

      Très bon boulot, hormis le paysage toujours aussi magnifique, tu as su merveilleusement composé ces images.

    12. Kelvin Wong (Away) 63 months ago | reply

      Superb shot with magnificent texture my friend!!!

    13. bleuet / Anne-Marie 63 months ago | reply

      Le contraste est superbe ! J'aime beaucoup :-)
      Bises et bon week-end :-)

    14. mr.letof 63 months ago | reply

      Suis très fan de ces lumière de ces blancs et de ce noir ! un grand bravo là aussi !

    15. Arnaud Bertrande | Photographe 63 months ago | reply

      des très beaux N&B mis en valeur par la compo et la gestion de la lumière......j'adore

    16. fabio c. favaloro 63 months ago | reply

      before and after...

    17. Madame De Stael [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      c'est chouette ce travail !

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