As with my previous photo that i posted, I wanted to show this for Malgo because she wanted to see more landscapes in Iceland :)
The good news is we didn't encounter any rain or snow during our trip in March, the bad news is we only had about 3 days out of 10 where there were clear blue skies or skies with attractive clouds - the other days were very grey and dull, not the best for the classic Iceland landscape photography.
This was certainly one of our better days, and its right in the capital city of Reykjavik. Hard to believe this is literally just a 5 min drive from downtown!
Lisa will be proud to know that i'm standing in the muck and mud here, perhaps not battling the mosquitos she often refers to, but i'm getting dirty :)
This location was one of the first landscapes we photographed on the Island, I remember being so excited. The anticipation to get in the Jeep and keep exploring was there, conflicting with the idea that we should also stay longer to appreciate this scene. So hard to decide what to do!
Its also the location of my first HUNT! I knew there was a shipwreck close by, couldn't see it visually, but i knew it was here from my online studying before arriving.
We soon found the abandoned boat, and one of the funniest traveling stories took place at that shipwreck. But due to embarrassment to my girlfriend Tosca, I dare not share it with you :)
Sorry Brenda, I know you enjoy such traveling stories, but I'll have to keep that one to myself or i'll be in big trouble! haha
Hope you enjoy this photo
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snunney (98297) 2013-11-22 4:04
An intriguing and tantalising note to go with this lovely image composed along classical lines. Perfectly exposed and benefiting from a beautiful diffused light. That amazing sky helps give the image a wonderful feeling of depth. Colours and clarity are top class.
cebe (1489) 2013-11-22 4:44
Hello Craig. This is a very nice image, somehow conveying a feeling of vastness. The mountains, the reflection, the pretty sky, and the piece of land adding a touch of colour are all beautiful. The beach seems also important to the composition, adding depth and guiding the eye into the photo. Have a nice week-end, Claude.
ChrisJ (113309) 2013-11-22 4:44
Good to see your self preservation skills kicking in where Tosca is concerned. I am hoping to see many more uploads from you on TE. It would be a shame if this was your last, lol! Top marks for effort in getting well out from the shoreline and clambering through the mud. Wonderful reflections and the snowcapped peaks in the distance make a stupendous backdrop! Tfs!
mesutilgim (95050) 2013-11-22 4:46
Another perfect capture of this beautiful Icelandic scenery.
Perfect layout and amazing reflections.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Sergiom (78667) 2013-11-22 5:14
Un beau paysage de fin du monde. Je comprends ce que tu ressentais quand la mauvaise température gâche un peu un voyage si bien planifié.Lorsque l'on voit un petit peu de bleu comme ici, on devient presque fou.
danos (97519) 2013-11-22 7:38
beautiful the landscape of Reykjavik with the snowy mountain range on the backdrop to reflected perfect on the foreground water,with the mud to be very characteritic. I like the light management a the beauty of the place.
dta (77606) 2013-11-22 8:10
Hello Craig ,
I can understand your disappointment cosidering the number of dull or grey sky : a nightmare for the photographer !
Nevertheless , you've captures such beautiful scene with interesting lights , like this one ; the superb reflections of the moutains in the lake , with a very interesting sky . So , the choice of the largest part for it is excellent . A too perfect blue sky without a sky can be a nightmare , too ;)
worldcitizen (8576) 2013-11-22 8:11
Ha ha!! Hey Craig, my imagination is running wild now! Stories are good, and so is a little intrigue sometimes. ;-)
You got some blue in your sky this time, which brightens the scene. I like this different composition, with the mud or sand (can't be sure!) on the left side. This spot seems so empty; it's amazing that the city is only five minutes away.
holmertz (52086) 2013-11-22 10:33
Nice hills and fine reflections, as in the last picture. I would say the sky is the most spectacular feature this time. The clouds are really nice and give the light a great mildness.
The end of your note makes me think of the Monty Python story of American beer. The rest is silence :-)
Noel_Byrne (31006) 2013-11-22 10:45
5 minutes from the city centre? Amazing, it must be so cool to live in a city so close to this kind of natural beauty. I like this scene very much, well worth getting mucky for, and the sky has that wonderful feeling of life to it.
Have a great weekend
Highmountains (2674) 2013-11-22 11:18
The snow-striped hills. the awesome blue sky and the wonderful reflection on the still waters ..... What a beauty !
The thin strip of bright brown land at one third height creates a fantastic contrast.
Great light and sharp images.
Nice border framing.
Thanks for sharing, Craig.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-22 12:04
Grandiosa e spettacolare|
in questa il tuo grandangolo ha fatto miracoli catturando un paesaggio degno delle fate.
La luce è quella splendida dei paesi nordici, e non manca ovviamente la neve sempre presente sulle montagne. Il riflesso nell'acqua è servito ottimamente per raddoppiare l'incanto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
carlo62 (47503) 2013-11-22 15:20
l'effetto del riflesso è molto bello, ma lo spazio che hai lasciato per il cielo, ha un impatto molto forte.
Come dico sempre, il cielo è immenso e mi piace quando gli viene dato lo spazio che si perita.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-22 16:25
hi craig. i feel 2/3 puffy up there and 1/3 cool down there. i guess you are still stepping on the fish jam, but that doesn't stop you making an awesome photo. nice hdr job which makes the reflections look clearer. the mass deaths of the fish might have been casued by some drastic temperature change, or the change of oxygen and nitrogen levels in the lake. maybe a sulphur ooze from a volcanic crack... who knows...
jcpix (13916) 2013-11-22 19:07
Aww, c;mon now...you can't leave us hangin' like that, don't be a story tease! :) I'm guessing Chris was spot on though, in the interest of self preservation, it would probably be better left untold!? lol
This imagery and landscape reminds me very much of some of the places back in S.L.C., out around the Great Salt Lake. Based on your previous notes, it would seem that both hold their own, shall we say, "unique' odors too!?
I really like the simplicity of this shot and how you've utilized the sparse sunlight to create a soft, but tangible warmth to the otherwise cold appearance. Because of the clouds, this is an instance where an abundance of sky works in your favor. Crisp and sharp as always, a very nice and tranquil scene to enjoy. Glad you endured the muck and mire to bring us this view. Have a terrific weekend amigo. Take it easy.
Cheers from Az.,
jjcordier (79297) 2013-11-22 23:05
Belle photo de ce beau paysage islandais. On aurait quand même bien aimé voir la fameuse photo!
dkmurphys (58072) 2013-11-23 0:44
This kind of place surely forces you into meditation and deeper thoughts... Lovely, a great way to get into the calm mood.
Have a great weekend.
marabu61 (10917) 2013-11-23 6:06
You shouldn't tease us with funny stories only to hold back in the end :-)
Amazing that this should be just 5 minutes from downtown Reykiavik. If a journey starts with a landscape like this that it is really promising indeed. Good for you to take advantage of the interesting sky too as it seems to have deteriorated fast.
Tell me about boring grey skies on travel. We for our part haven't been to lucky during the last years trips. First Ireland was almost grey all the way, than came the Vancouver Island trip with almost no sun and also our last few hikes in the Swiss mountains have all been grey in gray just to be finished of by Finland and the south of France with lots of overcast skies. I hope that next year will be better again.
have a great weekend
rbassin (22739) 2013-11-23 6:12
une très bon POV sur ce paysage, le miroitement est superbe.
Un endroit calme et d'une grande beauté.
emka (96565) 2013-11-23 23:42
Hi again, I am priviledged, another landscape for my order :). No dead fish this time but mud. What adventures you had there.. it looks nice with some blue sky. (and this time you obey the thirds rule, bravo!). Impressive shot but again, i think that winter or early spring is not the best time to visit. But on the other hand, you saw northern light, so who knows? It was worth the journey.
Of course, I am so curious what happened there and why you can't tell:)).
Big hugs for Tosca
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-11-24 1:49
must be great to have such landscapes just few minutes ride from a downtown.Looks deserted and remote,the more intriguing it makes to knew it´s so close to town.
Truly magnificent landscape and good use of the water to create so lovely reflections.
Have a nice sunday
Sonata11 (33795) 2013-11-24 7:34
I missed so many beautiful pictures of yous. I'm very busy recently, sorry. Wonderfully captured this beautiful place with an amazing reflection. Perfect cropping and perfect execution. Love it. Congrats.
Warmest wishes, Barbara
Graal (102752) 2013-11-24 10:55
amazing wild nature here. Nice landscape, fine panoramic composition and presentation. Friends all told for you. Photo I like, too.
Have a nice evening.
Mics (936) 2013-11-25 1:04
What a story in your note:-))...I share the same feeling of excitement and "wanting to stay longer" but with awfully limited time whenever I go to a place to capture images..and since I am a "shutter-happy" person, I just click and click. Still, this is a wonderful shot!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-11-25 1:16
I missed seeing this location when I was in Reykjavik. Nice shot with the reflections of mountains and clouds. Although you had dry weather, it must have been quite cold at that time of year. Iceland is known for its rainfall (approximately 60% of time it is raining, at least during summer months). We spent a lot of time in the rain in June.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2013-11-26 19:07
Great scenery here! Same thing happens with me when I am stunned with majestic views, sometimes I stop taking pictures and just stare at the scene, it seems that taking photos couldn't just justify how majestic the view you're looking at. What happened at the Shipwreck?!? Care to Share? LOL!
Great shot Craig!
anel (563) 2013-12-01 1:39
A vey fine landscape picture, simple and most beautifully done. Natural colours and fine sharpness. Very pleasant.
delpeoples (57678) 2013-12-02 3:26
Sorry I'm a bit behind with the critiques, Mm's hasn't been feeling great lately. So I missed this one, sorry. And I'm so happy to hear that you were being brave, standing in the cold mud and yet managing to avoid the mozzies. Another beautiful reflection and wonderful shimmery light in the foreground. Love those clouds.
Take care, hope you're not working too hard
Gigidusud (20825) 2013-12-12 7:10
Splendid landscape with nice silver and golden tones. I like the cloudy sky and the great reflections. Well done!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (67534)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-22 3:56