January 25, 2020 — Route 1, East of Reykjavik, Iceland
This shot should not have worked. It was shot through the window of an off-road bus (think rock-hard suspension) going 90 km/h on a not terribly smooth highway. The window was dirty from two days of being splashed with road slush. But it was the first time we’d seen the sun since our arrival. The colors were otherworldly and the land was an Icelandic combination of bleak and beautiful, complete with puffs of geothermal steam.
I had to at least try to record it—more for documentation than art. I clicked off about five shots with no real hope of anything useful and then I immediately shoved them out of my mind. Didn’t give them another thought.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I was going through my images a week-and-a-half later and this appeared. I didn’t even recognize the shots at first. Then it came back to me. The other four shots in the series were a complete waste of electrons: horrible reflections, window-dirt blobs, motion blur. Useless.
But this… This was a gift.
(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)