Getting a photo of Kirkjufell was high up on my list of priorities before landing in Iceland.
When we arrived here it was obviously covered in snow and lots of Ice. Depending on which area of the county you're in, the climate changes dramatically.
For example if you drove down to the capital city on the same day it would have only a hint of snow.
We have plans, no exact dates or anything, but we soon want to return to Iceland in the summer months to see the difference. I plan to get this exact same photo but when the landscape is green.
You may not notice it, but there IS a waterfall in the photo - its just frozen! There are 3 waterfalls on the left, and i'll one day capture them in much warmer temperatures. For now I hope you'll enjoy this cold scene of Western Iceland.
The atmosphere was on the verge of snowing, and it did only a few minutes after the photo was taken, thats why the sky is grey-looking. As for the people down below, I have no idea who they are but they had the same idea as us - we were the only people around for miles.
thanks for looking
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baclama (18025) 2013-10-13 23:56
une image originale de l'Islande...
la veste rouge est un gros plus!
sevy (15363) 2013-10-14 0:00
A famous and iconic place. We can enjoy many different shots of this place.
I was there 3 years ago in Summer. But no good shot as the lightning was not good at that time. Sometimes we are lucky, sometimes not.
The snow is giving an interesting landscape variation, but the homogenous sky is giving a too soft light.
I like you put the red jacket man. It is giving an anchor in the composition and an idea of the scale.
Royaldevon (29509) 2013-10-14 0:03
There was a wonderful natural history programme on tv, which filmed the changes in these waterfalls over the seasons. I loved it!
I can feel your enthusiasm, in your notes and in your photography, for these wonderful, natural places!
The cliff edge with its frozen waterfalls leads nicely to the peak, whilst the melted channel takes us on the complete opposite diagonal. There is an all encompassing zig zag across the frame but, then, the red coated figure demands attention and becomes the focus.
Have a great day,
dkmurphys (49228) 2013-10-14 0:04
Nice composition from that icy land. The peak is surely impressive. Well taken, enjoy a fine week.
Noel_Byrne (24235) 2013-10-14 0:36
Its hard to beat a good frozen waterfall, I always find something magical about that. And what an impressive display for them to be in with this peak looking very desolate and lonely. Nice that you weren't completely alone in this faraway place. I'm surprised that you didn't actually know these people, you know how you travel half way around the world and end up meeting your neighbors :) Its a small world at times. Lovely Icelandic scene. thanks again
ikeharel (57112) 2013-10-14 0:48
The frozen waterfall is the first element saw on the beautiful landscape image, Craig.
Than went on and realized how small are the people in comparison to the mighty nature.
The cone-shape mountain on far side reminded me a landscape saw in the Alps. See this.
Have a nice week ahead,
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-10-14 1:25
It´s great to see you weren´t the only people who came to the idea taking a picture of Kirkjufell at that time(the man in the red jacket gives superb color contrast to the rest of the scene).
Haha,I think I know what´s your second favourite destination after Easter Island:)I´m curious how the area looks like without the ice?
Excellent composition of this unique island!
Have a good day
sandpiper (6788) 2013-10-14 2:00
Wow that certainly looks cold and foreboding. great composition and position of the hill and waterfall.
timecapturer (48640) 2013-10-14 2:52
a WoW! landscape this and one that I would love to experience first hand. Although a non-lover of the cold this must be well worth it. The view is amazing and you have handled the light here superbly. Full of atmosphere and the human element gives us a great idea of the scale and magnificence of this icy wilderness. Awesome!
Have a great week - Brian.
olive224 (2719) 2013-10-14 4:54
Nice winter image of this beautiful site
I wish i could see the larger version of this file !
The composition is good and the difficult light well mastered
Sergiom (59956) 2013-10-14 5:21
Pas vraiment facile de lire le nom de l'endroit , mais quel beau paysage tu nous offre aujourd'hui.On est vraiment loin de tout.. Je me demande ce qui t'as possédé rendu presque au printemps de rechercher un hiver supplémentaire pour prolonger le plaisir.
SnapRJW (31089) 2013-10-14 8:36
This looks like heaven Craig. It's beginning to heat up here in Windhoek with a temperature of 35C in the shade today. I would love to teleport myself to this snowy location, it looks so cool. I like your shot, it's very atmospheric with the peak being about the last thing one can see depth-wise, the landscape is completely obscured by cloud and low mist and it gives the feeling of being contained within a small snowy world. You have managed the light well here, it's soft and diffused but you have good details in the snow. What a bright splash the red jacket makes, a nice little colourful detail in a quiet world. Lovely. I'd love to go to Iceland but I hear it is very expensive, did you think so? Warm regards rosemary
Fis2 (85447) 2013-10-14 9:41
A very interesting place.
Excellent colors and light.
The persons add savor of photo.
Have a nice afternon
holmertz (40971) 2013-10-14 9:47
There seems to be a romantic moment down there - or they're just trying to keep warm. The red jacket - more than actually the human presence - may be a small detail but still has a strong impact on the photo. It's fine enough as it is, with these frozen waterfalls, the snow and the steep rock, but it's amazing what a piece of red can do to catch one's attention.
dta (66518) 2013-10-14 9:54
Hello Craig ,
Seeing the thumbnail , I thought that you were back from Zermatt in Switzerland . The summit looks like the icinic Matterhorn . You've composed an excellent picture despite of the difficult light condition and the cloudy sky . Of course , the red jacket makes the difference .
chawax (19388) 2013-10-14 11:53
Matthieu recently posted this gorgeous photo of the same place but at a different season. Definitely a place I want to photograph one day ! Excellent POV, beautiful cold atmosphere, excellent sharpness.
Have a nice week,
delpeoples (53009) 2013-10-14 18:34
This is a kick-a*se image and you know it. Not much really to say except it's superb, beautifully executed and so beautiful it almost hurts. Never see a frozen waterfall before. Wow! Will be interesting to see it when you go there in summer :)
jjcordier (76300) 2013-10-14 22:36
Bravo pour avoir affronté les rigueurs de l'hiver islandais et nous ramener une aussi belle image de ce paysage gelé. Le couple de "confrères" apporte une touche de couleurs bienvenue.
COSTANTINO (55440) 2013-10-14 22:40
original shot from Iceland
it s my real dream to travel to
tis place looking at the snowy
wild capture I am feeling being
in a different planet away from
the snow is giving a different
landscape dominating the inspiration
have a nice day
saxo042 (37556) 2013-10-15 0:53
A touch of red can always add something to a picture, very much in this one with only white and light brown as other colours. But a very beautiful view and a well composed picture with this sharp peak at the right place.
CLODO (30220) 2013-10-15 1:29
your "to do list" should be really looooong!
The partially snow covered peak is good, but the cherry on the cake is the red clothof the man, giving some color in this lanscape and the scale.
Didi (56851) 2013-10-15 3:22
Awesome view from a good dominant position
I have done a WS so that it approximates the human vision
The mountain is a little bit similar to the mattehorn
SWEETFREEDOM (22696) 2013-10-15 11:41
very nice the frozen waterfall.
the people in fg help to have the right proportions of the elements in the scene and it is really eye cathing.
mesutilgim (84272) 2013-10-15 12:35
Another nice capture from Iceland with perfect pov and layout.
The red anorak of the man here adds a very unique taste to the scenery.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (13658) 2013-10-15 19:42
Hey, when did you sneak this one in...yikes, a big swing and a miss on my part!? I can't believe I'm only now seeing it for the first time.
The mini Matterhorn is the first thing that caught my eye when I went to your gallery, that is so cool...in every sense of the word too! :)
I commend you on your bravery, this looks to have been absolutely frigid...I mean, for crying out loud, the waterfall is frozen!! What a striking landscape though, even with the barren color scheme it smacks you in the face...in a good way of course. :)
At first glance, this appears minimal in subject matter, but a closer look reveals quite a bit. It's no wonder this was such a great trip. The people below are the perfect addition here, especially with that small pop of red color set against the snow. They also give a strong sense of scale and scope.
Considering it's still plenty sunny and warm here in Az., looking at this gives me shivers...brrrr! it would be a nice study in seasonal contrast to catch this during warmer weather, I imagine the difference would be stunning. Really neat shot my friend, love the result! Enjoy the rest of your evening. Take it easy.
Romano46 (18442) 2013-10-15 22:25
l'Islanda da te fotografata è grandiosa e questa tua foto rappresenta nella migliore delle maniere la vastità e la bellezza della natura.
Il paesaggio è bellissimo e mentre la montagna assomiglia al Monte Cervino che si erge tra Italia e Svizzera la presenza della cascata ghiacciata non pone dubbi sul luiogo nel quale ci si trova ed aggiunge una ulteriore bella nota alla veduta.
Una foto che oltretutto ha richiesto un notevole sacrificio per essere fatta, camminando tra il gelo e la neve.
Ciao e buona giornata
annjackman (19585) 2013-10-20 2:16
The frozen waterfall and the vast landscape is amazing and it looks very cold! Well done for including the figure in red giving scale and FG interest. A beautifully photographed landscape.
Kind Regards, Ann
ChrisJ (97810) 2013-10-20 17:00
Missed this one and its a cracker! Fantastic graphism enhanced by the snow and ice withe the people in the fg adding scale and the bright red coat standing out nicely against the blue grey and white tones. Excellent sharpness and high pov. Tfs!
serp2000 (39990) 2013-10-24 1:40
Is it your second visit to Iceland? Very interesting report, excellent photo and good note. We alaready have got the first snowfall today. So this is not so exotic weather for me))
Best wishes from snowy Ural,
dale54 (6625) 2013-11-03 10:39
yes it looks amazing in snow..well hi craig..superb landscape..love it.and this person down there adds to this scene..tfs! dale
kwekwekan (1076) 2014-04-19 18:33
Your lines are what really make this picture stand out - you have a great sideways 'v' shape with the slope of the ridge moving down and the layers of rock moving up as one moves from left to right. Even the clouds - normally not so interesting when overcast such as this - mimic the mountain with faint layers moving upwards. Then there is the bottom of the picture, complete with a frozen waterfall, dark trickle of water and well positioned couple enjoying the scene. Great shot.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (56474)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-13 23:54