January 28, 2020 — Vestrahorn, South Coast, Iceland
One of the iconic vistas in a land full of iconic vistas. Ignoring advice, I didn’t put on my wellies, preferring my waterproof insulated boots. The wellies, being higher, would’ve allowed me to go further into the water, which would’ve changed the angle, which would’ve afforded better reflections. My solution was to go out as far as I could and try more shots. I stayed long after the others had gone to higher ground, leaving me alone on one of the most breathtaking beaches on the world. I kept shooting long after sunset — well into blue hour.
And for all that, I went away thinking the shoot was a wash. Once and twice through the frames in the selection process, it still seemed to be a wash. Blah reflections. Blue hour not blue enough. It was only upon going through a third time that this one showed potential. A starting point. It took a fair amount of work in post-processing to transform it from a potential to what I had been hoping to see in the first place.
Meanwhile, the Kp index had been messing with us. In the morning it was 1. Midday, 2. Now approaching 3, but as with weather forecasts, it’s no sure thing. And will the clouds go away?
(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)