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Diablo Beach - Vík, Iceland | by orvaratli
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Diablo Beach - Vík, Iceland

Finally I had some vacation and some free time to go out to shoot. This time I had enough time to go out of the 1 hour radius from my home.


This image is taken in Vík at the southern most tip of Iceland. I have always wanted to have a shooting session here but never quite had luck with conditions. The whole southern coast is covered in black lava sand. The sand around Vík is especially black and fine grained. That combined with alot of interesting rock formations in the ocean makes this place very interesting and offers alot of good shooting opportunities.


This time I drove into gray overcast weather just before Vík. I decided to hand around and see if the conditions would change. And as often before, patience paid off and the sun managed to light up a thin strip of light behind the pinnacles. Not the most dramatic sunset I have seen but surely one of the most interesting.


I don't know why, but this combination of light and subject had a kind of dark and devilish atmosphere over it. The word Diablo just popped in mind when I first saw it. It is also one shot from being the 666th shot I shoot with my new 5D MKII.


The shot was taken between 3-4 in the afternoon. This is the time of year to shoot sunrises/sunrises around Vík as the sun rises/sets in SSE/SSW direction in Dec/Jan.


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Taken on December 28, 2009