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Church at Flatey Island, Iceland | by Xindaan
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Church at Flatey Island, Iceland

In the north of Iceland, there is a small island called Flatey. "Small" is relative, as it is the fifth largest island of Iceland, being 2.5 km long and 1.7 km wide. The highest point of the island is just 20 m above the water, hence the name "flat island". A large attraction for tourists on the island is the rich wildlife of birds, including puffins, seagulls, and so on.

 

In 1942, 120 people lived here, but the growth of the villages/towns nearby caused a steady decline, and in 1967, all inhabitants have left the island. Nowadays, people live there only the summer. On the island, there are very few buildings, the school was built in 1929, and old church was closed in 1884, in 1960, a new church was erected.

 

That church is the main point of this picture. For taking it, I went north, as I wanted the mountains of the mainland in the background. I chose the composition that the rising slope of the mountains mimicks that of the church. To get that, I used my Sigma 70-200/2.8 with a 1.4x teleconverter. The overall focal length was 160mm at f8, 1/800s.

 

A first for me is the treatment of the picture colour wise. Mirroring the island's history, void of permanent inhabitants since the sixties, I tried to get this "old" feeling by selectively desaturing colours, while saturating others, adding vignetting, and so on.

  

Feel free towatch this picture using large black magic.

 

If you are interested, feel free to check out my whole Iceland set at my homepage, or rather the current state it is in. My favorites from there will get here onto flickr. Yes, I take proposals. :)

 

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Taken on June 2, 2009