Saksun at the Faroe Island
Before you visit such a place as the Faroe Islands out in the North Atlantic you make a plan of what to see and which places to visit. And of course the little church at Saksun is on the list. Probably the most photographed motif at the islands.
And there you are on the last day of September. Nobody around, the fog is drifting in the back and the rain is pouring down.
But then you also have the opportunity I think to have a kind of personal photo variant from the place - at least a good contrast to being there a day when the sun shines and the place is crowded with visitors.
You get a feeling of how it must have been when the first settlers arrived in their small ships around 1000 years ago, in the little inlet in the back there, finding shelter from the big ocean and decided this was surely a fine place to live. The inlet formed a good deep natural harbour, until a storm blocked the inlet with sand. This caused the river that used to run into the inlet to form a freshwater lake where the inlet used to be.
Strange also to learn that the Church was originally built in Tjornuvik, but in 1858 it was disassembled, carried over the mountains and reassembled in Saksun. Of course with a population of 34 souls they sure needed a church at the place.
(In WS meet some of the people who lived here back in 1899>>
The old photo taken from app. the same place as my version)
Have a fine day out there..
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ymrk (15085) 2008-11-06 4:31
Wonderfull shot!Miracle views.
Good colors and lifgts.Congratulations,
jhm (161079) 2008-11-06 4:34
We see the fog drifting in the back and the rain is pouring down.
All your photograph have a very nice good quality, this find I everytime back in your splendid pictures.
You chose a very clarity image, happy that you middle of the picture get the church or chapel a nice clarity.
Composition and presentation care for a nice photograph.
I_WanderingSoul (686) 2008-11-06 4:39
Wonderful capture! Lucky that no tourists were around. :)
The atmosphere is well conveyed through this picture.
smarcell (19965) 2008-11-06 4:43
A very nordic atmosphere, with the grey sky and the green-grey hills.
These landscapes need this weather ! Very special mood
jasmis (58529) 2008-11-06 5:41
Superb severe scenery. Amazing deep sky. Fine place to show.
ChrysK (495) 2008-11-06 5:57
A beautiful moody shot. I love the grey hues produced by the fog and clouds. The little white church provides a hint of light and brightness. Cheers,
cbrman (21675) 2008-11-06 8:05
Un endroit perdu dans le brouillard. Il doit faire bon respirer l'air du large depuis ce promontoire. L'église fait face à la mer. Une architecture très curieuse.
Une photographie rafraîchissante.
Natasa-David (479) 2008-11-06 9:56
I don't want to talk about pov and other "technical" aspects of this superb photo, because it would be more than funny to write to someone who knows that much better then most of us.
But I must say that compo and story that photo brings is very energic on the one hand, and calming and gentle on the other. At that feeling is something I like the most.
delkoo (68) 2008-11-06 13:32
Truly beautiful , really great mood there and this one shows how light conditions are important in photography. although the light is dull you have achieved a nice result.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-11-07 10:15
A magnificent view, full of loneliness and a wonderful atmosphere. My nephew stayed there for 1 year with AFS program 10 years ago. We listened the beauties of these islands from him many times. Thanks for sharing,
sleon (9402) 2008-11-07 12:39
Difficult to imagine this place crowded with tourists. In these conditions it looks so remote and peaceful, far from anywhere. The grey clouds and wet weather give a pleasing moody atmosphere.
Philippe (11836) 2008-11-08 2:20
Hi, Jack. A view that shows us the rugged landscape of the Faroe Islands. The weather also seems to be quite rough over there. In spite of the grey skies, the contrasts are good. The church is well placed in the composition and its white walls make it stand out.
Have a nice weekend,
Cricri (126846) 2008-11-08 7:38
Une atmosphére particuliére avec une lumiére suffissante du moment malgré le ciel gris, un endroit intéressant de cette vielle petite chapelle qui rappelle des souvenirs lointains
Have a nice weekend for you
Emile (20352) 2008-11-08 9:22
Magnificent photo with the fog drifting in the back and covering part of the mountain. The small church is very well located off center and even though it was a cloudy day you got good clarity in your shot.
Very well captured.
best regards and a nice weekend.
sacavem (18620) 2008-11-09 4:12
The time of winter is already present in central and northern Europe. In Portugal we still have plenty of sunshine:)
Its an excellent POV and splendid composition.
Have a nice day,
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-11-09 9:19
Ola Jack ,
Que magnifica paisagem de uma natureza linda ficou linda esta casa de paredes brancas e telhado de terra , gostei muito dos detalhes e cores, bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
UlfE (14641) 2008-11-11 11:08
Excellent shot. I love the atmosphere and wonderful picture taken in a weather and light that in most situations should not be considered very good but here it work very well. The POV is also very well chosen and the diagonal lines are part of the attractiveness of the picture. TFS and have a nice evening!
pauloog (11751) 2008-11-27 8:24
Natural colours and good contrasts despite the misty conditions. Well reflects a lonely atmosphere.
Silverkey (1435) 2008-12-28 8:04
Despite their beauty, there are few good pictures of Faroe.
This is one of them: nice POV and nice landscape.
We can see the typical weather of Faroe and the typical texture of rocks and moss. Only lacks the typical green (I like so much), but it was not in summer...
- Copyright: Jack R Johanson (jrj) (34843)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AFS DX 18-70 ED
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Faroe Islands
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-06 4:27