If you ever want to experience true Icelandic winter temperatures than you need to stand on this cliff edge!
It was unbelievable how windy and cold it was up here.
I will never forget it.
We spent a couple of days out on glaciers in Iceland and it wasn't as cold as it was up here!!
Not sure exactly how high we are from sea level, but i'm sure its at least 300 feet. Man, the wind was howling up here, so much that my eyes were watering, I could hardly take a breath without loosing my breath.
And trying to even stand up straight was a challenge. Using my tripod was a challenge too, but I did it somehow. I can remember having to run back to the jeep every few minutes just to keep my fingers from falling off :)
But when you are out here the views are spectacular. I'll post another photo in the WS.
Both photo's were taken in the evening at sunset. Here you can see the famous black sand beaches of Iceland.
thanks for looking.
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kabel (1571) 2013-11-18 6:36
Hello Craig, wow! Such extreme beauty. I think it was worth the cold and wind for this image. what we go through for a photo:~)
Great composition and perfect dof. Nice sense of perspective looking down the coast. Seems like a trip of a lifetime.
Have a great day and thanks for sharing your wonderful image with us,
SNOOP_Chan (3841) 2013-11-18 7:14
Hello Craig, a very nice image here. I love the earth's end feeling that your image gives us. A very interesting land/snow theme interpretation. Good saturation on the shot. Good take.
SnapRJW (29246) 2013-11-18 8:12
A wild and dramatic landscape to go with your very descriptive note Craig. Both shots are lovely but this one shows the drama with punch. Beautiful warm light with the idea of biting cold still retained, the grass is flattened and the waves pound along the black sands. I like the high viewpoint, we can see for miles and really begin to understand the endless wilderness that is Iceland. Super. Warm regards Rosemary
PS. How did you stop your tripod from blowing over?
PPS. Is that a car or a boat down on the beach?
Oceania (4522) 2013-11-18 8:17
You have beautiful scenery in your backyard (I mean Vancouver). Also, there are no short of glaciers in British Columbia and Alberta. Why did your travel that far to Iceland? One saying is that the grass is always greener on the other side. It's true applicable to travel...
Have a nice day!
sevy (15325) 2013-11-18 9:28
I remember this black sand beach. I took one of my best Icelandic shot there.
Just looking to the shot, I was already thinking to coldness. But after reading your note, it becomes obvious.
Efficient composition with a total depth of field and the look going very far to reach the end of the beach.
cornejo (27937) 2013-11-18 10:38
Hi Craig, very good pictures of this interesting place that speaks of volcanic step of this land, beautifully captured in these two images, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
holmertz (37011) 2013-11-18 10:45
Well, this looks tough, and I believe your description is quite true. I'm not sure I would enjoy taking pictures like this but I appreciate that someone else shows them to me. It's a magnificent scenery in any case but it would have been even more impressive at the maximum size allowed.
krzychu30 (15332) 2013-11-18 13:15
austere landscape,but the light and your presentation makes it looks here so pleasant and calm.
I really like the way you composed the scene including only a small part of the sea on the left side.
Royaldevon (26449) 2013-11-18 14:20
Without any vegetation, it is difficult to get an impression of the wind but the scene certainly looks barren and cold! The rock strewn f/g, patched with snow, and lit by sunlight, creates a nice, almost diagonal across the frame and contrasts sharply with the flat, volcanic, surface of the beach.
You really have captured a fine sense of depth, right back to snow covered hills.
I have to say, it has a curious, unearthly appearance!
My warm regards,
PaulVDV (20385) 2013-11-18 16:30
The endless black sand beach clearly illustrates the volcanic origin of the island. It contrasts so strong with the white snowy surfaces and with the foam of the waves.
I'm not sure if I would have the courage to face such an inclement weather ...
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (73194) 2013-11-18 22:16
Tu as eu du courage pour affronter froid et vent mais un paysage comme celui là, ça se mérite!
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-19 0:47
A picture of a landscape that is like no other. Good POV with the black beach running along the edge of the frame and nice lighting falling onto the rugged land. Very descriptive note on the trials you went through to get this shot. Hope you have thawed out by now. Hehe.
timecapturer (45107) 2013-11-19 2:27
now that is a landscape shot! A combination of amazing rocky textures and a black beach that could come right out of a Bowie video. The cold is palpable as is the wonder of standing and witnessing this amazing view. Stunning!
Regards - Brian.
Noel_Byrne (20694) 2013-11-19 5:15
Its like peering into another world, the black beaches look beautiful but also so very strange. The shot creates a kind of optical illusion for me too, when I look at this, I know its a scene which shows the beach lower down, but my eye also sees that part of the shot as a cliff face, jutting out over the sea (similar to the type Wile E Coyote frequently falls off).
Beautiful scene, devoid of life but stunning.
All the best
Sergiom (54377) 2013-11-19 5:32
Je constate que cette lentille est superbe même pour les paysages aussi grandioses. Elle a la qualité d'être nette et profonde. On se croirait presque au bout du monde et pas une âme en vue.
ChrisJ (94770) 2013-11-19 6:58
A good high pov with impeccable sharpness and wonderful warm cold color contrasts between the blue and dark reddish tinted terrian. The black sand volcanic beach adds graphism against the snowcapped interior peaks and remaining drifts in the fg. Tfs and have a great week!
Silvio1953 (115825) 2013-11-19 10:29
Ciao Craig, great POV for a fantastic landscape, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Romano46 (16578) 2013-11-19 13:31
Islanda: terra di paesaggi grandiosi e affascinanti!
Una natura tanto poco ospitale quanto affascinante ed è proprio per questo che ogni volta che vedo simile foto che mi sorge il desiderio, mai sopito, di visitare questa regione.
Un sogno che probabilmente resterà solo tale.
Complimenti per questa ennesima spettacolare visione.
Ciao e buona serata
delpeoples (52445) 2013-11-20 3:15
hehehehe I'm trying to picture you 2 jumping around trying to keep warm, but hey you Canucks should be used to the cold. I tellya, it definitely looks like Brass Monkeys weather. But freezing your bits off was well worth it. What a stunning land/seascape. Your POV is impressive as is the fact that you had a tripod that it (and you) weren't blown off the cliff! Love it. And I bet this was Tosca's cup of tea too.
gildasjan (40796) 2013-11-20 9:56
Superbe paysage et contraste parfaitement rendu sous cette lumière éclairant parfaitement le premier plan.
emka (73115) 2013-11-20 13:19
Hi, Finally a photo of dramatic Iceland landscape. As you know, I am more interested in photos on TE as a source of inspiration for my travels. Although I like all these abandoned houses and cars views as photos but they were for me not inviting to go to Iceland. Yesterday I visited my friend and she showed me her photos. I saw such incredibly beautiful landscapes that I could go at once. When I only see good offer for a flight i will decide in an instant. But I think that winter is not a good time, anyway for me. I saw the huge fields of blue lupinus and I would like to see them. Interesting brown and white photo.
Warm regrads MAlgo
thebest (4272) 2013-11-20 16:30
I will take your word for how cold it was!!!
What a magnificent view , amazing landscape - I have never ventured to Iceland - after viewing your images - what I see - would make anyone want to visit.
Your photo's bring out the true beauty in everything you take...
serp2000 (37859) 2013-11-21 4:26
Brrr, this is very cold landscape, when I see such minimalist view I prefer the south beaches for a rest, swimm and photos )) And the second reason is the coming winter. We will can see similar scene very soon. What about the weather in Vancouver today?
Greetings from Russia!
chawax (18457) 2013-11-21 11:26
I am not surprised you had wind there, the south coast of Iceland is very wind, these cliffs of Dyrhólaey are quite high and there is nothing to stop the wind there ! But the view really worths it, doesn't it ? You had a very nice light, beautiful golden colours. I could make a lot of nice pictures from there the first time I've been in Iceland, in particular geat seaparrots shots !
Have a nice day,
jcpix (11416) 2013-11-25 18:42
Experience Icelandic winter temps? No thanks, I don't even like it when it drops below 70f any more!? :)
I get the sensation looking at this, that had you not kept in motion you could have possibly been frozen in place until summer rolls around! Up for a cryogenic experiment anyone?? lol And the soft light...man, it couldn't be better timing to add to the atmosphere of this shot.
What a terrific vantage point though, well worth braving the weather for this kind of look over the almost other-worldy landscape. Kind of a different look than what we generally see from here, I like this one a lot..the sense of height and distance is outstanding. Brrrrrr!
Cheers from sunny, and considerably warmer PHX,
mkamionka (29187) 2013-11-25 23:55
this is a spectacular scenery indeed. I can only imagine how cold and freezing must be there if they called the whole country Ice-land. It seems great for vacations but harsh to live. Wonderful wide composition with some nice foreground extending further into the hill and the black sand beach. Snow adds a very nice decorative touch.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (52014)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-16
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-18 6:22