Rauðisandur, West Fjords; further down from the famous hills of Làtrabjark and their puffin colonies.
He'd spotted what he thought were seals way off at the furthest point of Rauðisandur, the Red Beach. Some German man had told him the year before that that's where you'll find them in large flocks.
From the shore it looked like a bit of a walk, but like everywhere in Iceland, a bit of a walk quickly turned into a very long walk.
At dawn I noticed that the sea level was high up, making most of the famous beach invisible. Later, as we finally crawled out of our little Libero Subaru the water had pulled back out into the ocean. We crossed knee-deep freezing water and worm infested sands before reaching even half of the way we'd set out to walk.
I'd stayed back to take pictures of the curious sand and the amazing shapes the water had moulded it into, while he pushed forwards to reach the seals.
It was as I lifted my head back up from the amazing sand and its fascinating inhabitants that I spotted this once in a lifetime sight: an orange man on an orange beach.
I think the picture tells the story of Iceland: empty and impressive as well as amazingly powerful and beautiful.
For the rest of the story: we walked for about an hour and a half to get to the far away point where the seals were laying. We got very close to them before they became nervous. Not late after, I became agitated as I noticed that the water started to rise again. The knee-deep rivers flowing between the flat sand land had changed to hip-high by the time we were crossing them. We ran for some of the way, making it back ashore within about 40 minutes, slightly wet and cold yet blissfully happy :D
I've fixed the contrast (the picture turned out amazingly dark/grey), retouched the levels and then cropped off a bit. I hope you enjoy it :D
I actually deleted the original post because it turned out too dull/light. I am having slight problems with going from the original file to a web-format file.
Any advice, hints or ideas about this are more than welcome.
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jeanguy (686) 2006-05-05 7:16
I love that shot from a country where i'd like to go. Colors are amazing, contrast impressive and compo nice. TFS. JG.
Cretense (68703) 2006-05-05 7:19
This is an excellent piece of art Julia! You did very well by not following the "rule of thirds" in this one. You have an extremely clever guiding line (the footsteps) and my favorite colour combination (Orange and blue). Congratulations ! One of my favorites!
Voltri (1777) 2006-05-05 7:22
Julia, nice composition - you filled the frame with an interesting sand instead of rather bananl sky, that's good. Also, we see motion in the picture as the guy walks away...
Regarding your problem photo>web, well.. I don't have problems with colors convertion, but often lose too many details. That's why prefer to crop files in ACDS keeping orgininal number of DPI untouched.
If this is not possible, when I use 'save to web' in PS, at least, you can save some kb on exif information and select your number of DPI (o, correctly name it pixels per inch).
cobraphil8 (82) 2006-05-05 7:31
et bravo pour cette superbe photo, un bon titre, une bonne note et surtout une composition géniale avec les pas qui s'inscrivent dans ce sol orangé.
On se croirait dans une version colorisé du premier pas sur la Lune ;)
Chapeau bas :)
mammad (3562) 2006-05-05 7:39
The colors are out of this world.
I can't tell you how much I'm delighted.A great combination of technique and artistry is demonstrated in your photo.
Light ,color and contrast are well balanced and the only word that I could use to describe your pic is :PERFECT.
I'm looking forward to more great pix from u.
I also love your smart composition.!
yanm (1485) 2006-05-05 7:57
dof is good and the contrast is a little too much. but it suit the pic btw. The composition is excellent. I think with 200Kb quota, we dont find its difficult to reduce the image. just cropped it to what you like for composition, then adjust the image size to the pixel allowed here and save the image using save for web (using photoshop).
juusor (143) 2006-05-05 8:04
Very well composed... the diagonal footsteps are nice and the colours make this really a strong image.
If I really try to find something to enhance (not an easy task in this case :P), I'd say that the sand area is maybe a bit too large - the shapes in the foreground are interesting but then they dissapear quite rapidly and there is some "empty" space before the man... Maybe slightly lower point of view would have helped...
Anyway, a great shot - waiting the next one from you!
ben4321 (9875) 2006-05-05 8:20
Great composition. The footprints lead the eye into the frame really well and the colours are great.
jef (310) 2006-05-05 8:48
belle composition aux couleurs surnaturelles. J'aime bien le cadrage laissant une part petite au ciel et renforçant l'immensité du panorama. Je n'imaginais pas de pareil paysages en Icelande ! jef
Valeisha (197) 2006-05-05 11:28
This is great composition. The steps lead to the subject. A rare moment of equilibrium, and the complementary colours work well.
Thanks for sharing
baba_flies (8829) 2006-05-05 13:29
I love the orange against the blue which makes an interesting combination and gives it a beauty of its own. I also like the lonely walker which underlines the impression of isolation even more. Great photo indeed.
asanak (1972) 2006-05-05 17:45
wow, what a beautiful place! The colours are unbelievable, like painted...well done!and wellcom to t.e
thanks for shering
Floydian (30970) 2006-05-05 18:27
Rich deep saturated colours, that's something i really like about this one.
Also a strong composition and you have the perfect picture...!!!!
Wonderful taken........very good..!!!
Your note is very nice to read.....are you a writer?
If you are using photoshop, just drop me a mail and i will see what i can do about your questions about file size and imgage corrections.
bigtim (3518) 2006-05-05 22:04
De trés belle couleurs un cadrage au poil pour unr photo simple et superbe
marietom (34609) 2006-05-06 10:27
Superbement composée, avec la diagonale des pas. Les couleurs sont merveilleuses, j'aime !
macondo (19670) 2006-05-07 4:00
Great composition with remarkable colour. The concept is great. I would have cropped a little of the sand and included more sky, if it were available from the original image. Also, the image is quite small despite its size of 203k. It measures only 650 x 401, when it could easily be increased to nearly 800 by whatever, as with your other shots. This would involve increasing the compression to make it fit the 200k limit.
If you are having some trouble I would suggest ignoring 'resize for web' and just do it manually in the resizing facility of your software. I always just crop it to the shape I want and then make the longer side 750 to allow for a frame, letting the short side take care of itself - usually about 560 - 580. I suppose you know about the 'lossy' quality of jpg files.
Anyway, keep up the good work!
jone (3231) 2006-05-19 8:24
very nice big orange and small blue,
fabio_ts (13696) 2006-05-24 6:20
Wonderful picture Julia, contrast of colors is perfect as the way how you have composed it, compliments!!
have a nice day,
EMA (313) 2006-05-24 12:48
Lovely composition and amazing colors!!
kebek (5438) 2006-05-25 5:32
Serwus Julia !
Skilful work on the perspective, the line of traces, and the person in strong point of this vertical make this image exceptional. Contrast of vivid colours due to the poor sun-light made this Work even more remarkable.
My best wishes,
AmiBe (6042) 2006-06-08 17:30
des couleurs qui claquent, une compo verticale bien pensée, des pas qui dessinent une bonne diagonale et un personnage bien placé.
Que demander de plus ? Rien c'est parfait.
Une compo qui allie graphisme et présence humaine, j'aime beaucoup.
keribar (43841) 2006-06-09 0:15
A simple but very effective picture. The colors may have been enhanced, but it looks good this way.
PS. I would have liked another portrait where we can see your pretty face.
Tezic (17867) 2006-06-09 6:01
Colors are amazing.. The composition is excellent... Congratulations...
quillo (11856) 2006-06-09 19:48
Julia congratulations by this image, have a frame with by the footsteps of the man who moves away in the desert, contracts of colors is interesting.
harras2000 (710) 2006-06-11 6:54
A picture with very strong colors! I like it very much, especially the contrast between the blue sky and the orange sand!
The man with the red jacket gives the image a third color dot.
Thank you for sharing,
gp_pl (1394) 2006-06-11 10:58
superb composition, great colours and contrast
soni (315) 2006-06-12 19:48
Quite a story you have, I really liked reading it! Also a great shot!
I must admit I still haven´t been to all the lovely and unearthly places in Iceland and this, I just realised, is also one of them.
This landscape is one of the proofs that Iceland REALLY looks like Mars! Does anyone believe you that you have taken the photograph on planet Earth?
P.S. Orange is my colour! :)
Polonaise (5802) 2006-06-13 10:56
That kind of Iceland's yet to be discover...
Surprising scenery. Great photography.
PS: re you sure Julia it wasn't...Kwaziland? Somaliland? (giggling)
Mistral (15402) 2006-06-17 9:04
Hi again Julia,
love your compo here as well as the colours.
The path of the man leaving to the man and the dark clouds of horizon.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-06-28 4:53
Hi miss Bjork, i'm discovering this picture from iceland and it's a big surprise, if i hadn't seen the location were the picture was taken i would have never found ! ... That is the main interest of TE : discover the world, and you did great with this one, thanks for sharing such good picture from this so beautiful country :)
I'll be back :)
gramma (3519) 2006-07-30 7:26
Quelle belle retranscription du sentiment de solitude que l'on peut ressentir dans certains coins d'Islande. Et malgré cela, ces couleurs vives et saturées nous donnent envie d'y être ou d'y retourner. Félicitations !
aidil98 (94) 2006-09-02 11:02
This is original and colourful picture! Thanks for sharing:)
Aviller (3866) 2006-10-17 11:32
Great perspective and colors. I like how the tiny dunes slowly disappear into a big mass of orange.
cepekdong (3676) 2006-11-02 1:56
wonderful this picture with great framing
capthaddock (28790) 2006-11-11 11:52
Hi Julia - It's all been said, I'll just add again what a wonderful contrast it makes, the sand patterns add graphic interest, this is what Mars might look like.
peekaboo (22) 2007-01-12 9:39
Among all your photos I viewed, this is one of many that caught my attention. It is a simple composition that most people would have made far less effective by excluding less of the foreground. As a result this shot has more depth and a sense of perspective. Amazing that such sand exists with such vivid color. Very nice.
Bogdan011 (162) 2007-02-17 10:14
Beautiful! Would have never guessed it is Iceland
meng_geulis (4) 2007-09-09 8:51
oh i just fell in love instantly :D
loove the concept, compo, and color contrast
rildin (129) 2007-11-08 8:30
Simple, yet dramatic.
Very nice job, Julia. Quite ineresting colours and composition and the atmosphere is just magnificent! TFS!
zelo (209) 2008-02-11 0:00
That's very nice color and composition..
I lıked very much..
flatwin (2181) 2009-06-09 11:24
tres bonne idée que cette prise de vue de ce promeneur-
le cadrage lui est parfait
mariajuana (14) 2013-02-12 14:13
This is great. Good colors and composition. I like the patterns of the sands also.
- Copyright: Julia Leijola (leiju) (1697)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-01
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G (kit lens)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Returning to Iceland
- Theme(s): The Orange Man Visits Iceland -expo, TE's Favorites of the Year 2006, Orange and Blue [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-05 7:11
- Favorites: 6 [view]