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Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes / Sunrise


January 26, 2020 — Reynisfjara (Black Sand) Beach, Iceland

It was a dark and stormy morning. The wind-whipped weather was a fierce opponent. The barely risen sun cowered behind the clouds. Photographer and camera were covered in sleet and snow. This emerged from the mist.

From this angle, most photographs of this scene appear to show two sea stacks. Actually, in those shots the one on the left (the one you see here) appears to be one, but is actually two — you can see the other one peeking from behind the right edge. In the interest of simplicity, I decided that three’s a crowd and cropped out the third sea stack that would be on the right.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. Post processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. One more enthusiastic thumb up for the black Icelandic sand. I also like the apparent banking on the left with the small sliver of water intruding. Although unseen, I think your crop was a good decision and the two, seen as one, stacks are enough to make a powerful image. The windblown surf spray is a nice addition too.

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