Whether you are a professional photographer or an amateur you have most likely heard the phrases “chase the light” or “hunt for the light”. How do I transform my visions of sunset and/or sunrise into reality?
The never ending quest for landscape glory starts and ends with a favorable weather forecast, it does not always have to be fantastic reds oranges, and yellows blasting through the horizon, rather the right setting of mood which compliments the artist’s vision, whether it be fine light, moody overcast skies, monochrome, or mid-day infrared photography.
Allow me to share with you this image I recently took during one of my photo tours (yes, of course it is in Iceland!!!), though you will be seeing more and more images from different locations I have visited in the coming weeks. This photo was taken during a winter sunset in Stokksnes , one of my favorite locations for coastal photography along the south east coast of Iceland.
In the typical large vistas that you will see in this area, an ultra wide lens will be your first weapon of choice, giving the viewer a bird’s eye view of the grand scene. However, if you have been to a place multiple times, or are tired of similar compositions made by the many photographers who post in various social networking and/or photography sites, you might want to explore going beyond the norm. Moving forward, moving backward, either by foot or by zoom will enable you to create compositions that are uniquely your own.
This photo was taken with a focal length of 30mm (30.0 sec; f/13; ISO 50), I started with 16mm and moved forward, my vision was to give a tighter shot showcasing the mountain nearest and the one on the further plane which acts like a shadow of the primary subject. The purpose was to deliver a “fine art” appeal to this image by delivery of layers, symmetry via the reflections, and the glow of sunset light hitting the peaks taken just at the right moment.
I had to wait one hour for the wind to calm down for this tide pool to give me the reflection that would make this image, and there was no guarantee that the light would still cooperate by the time the mirrors started to show. Always remember, plan your vision through potential and not by limitation. If you choose the latter, you might end up walking back to the car before nature rewards you. It’s worth the wait!!!