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Vik Church, Iceland

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 17 October 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I've just returned from a 4 day landscape photography trip to Iceland in the company of John Leech and Mike Spriggs.

Iceland is the most surreal and majestic place you can imagine and quite unlike anywhere else that I've ever visited - absolutely wonderful!

This was photographed at night in the small coastal town of Vik in Iceland and shows the town's lovely church which is perched on a beautiful spot high up on a hill overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

Like many towns in Iceland Vik is located very close to a volcano and a glacier. The volcano in Vik hasn't erupted since 1918 and is long overdue. The worry for the inhabitants is that when it does eventually erupt again it may melt enough ice from the glacier that the town will be washed away. This church up on the hill is the safest place so the town's inhabitants practice regular evacuation drills with the church as the rally point.

NIKON D800 20 seconds F/11.0 ISO 100 195 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

This is wonderful contrast between the darkness of the rocky outcrop and the white of the church. Wonderful.

17 Oct 2012 11:39am

@Ainsley: Thanks Ainsley!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Lovely contrast in this b&w, good composition.

17 Oct 2012 12:19pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I am so envious of you! I hope to visit one day.
Amazing contrast. I love how this small building presents itself in its location.

17 Oct 2012 12:36pm

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian - it's an amazing country with an endless variety of astonishing opportunities for photography.

maurizio jaya costantino from Trieste, Italy

thanks !!!

17 Oct 2012 2:23pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Amazingly dramatic and atmospheric Ian! What an unforgettable sight through your marvelous framing and tonality!

17 Oct 2012 3:05pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

I love the great richness of nuances in the dark tones, (It's maybe dark but we see !) in contrast with this violent white and tender greys of the church. A beauty !

17 Oct 2012 4:10pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Superb ! Great contrast !

17 Oct 2012 4:11pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Another gorgeous photo. Nice job, Ian!

17 Oct 2012 7:22pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain

wonderful picture. Love he contrast!

17 Oct 2012 9:38pm

HAMiS from , Iran

OW . its wonderful....

17 Oct 2012 10:01pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Gosh - awe-inspiring backdrop, especially with those darker grey tones; the little church, a bright beacon of hope... powerful stuff.

17 Oct 2012 10:26pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superbly seen and composed with the bright church set well apart from the dark shape of the mountain!

18 Oct 2012 2:40am

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

The divide from the mountain top to the church way at the bottom gives a sense of a majestic & grandiose setting. I'm wondering if this church had supplemental lighting, it is fantastic how it is so bright against the dark background. Very beautiful & lovely picture, you made Iceland sound and look great.

18 Oct 2012 3:29am

@Jerry: Hi Jerry - the whole country has a majestic and surreal feel to it which makes it an absolutely wonderful place for landscape photography. This particular shot was taken at night and the church was floodlit which really made it stand out against the darkness of the mountainside.

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Ian, wonderful shot. The contrast between the church and the rest of the scene is excellent. Looking forward for the others shots you have taken there.

18 Oct 2012 6:28am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

Unreal !

18 Oct 2012 8:00am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot, such stark contrast!

18 Oct 2012 9:19am

VisuElle Photography from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Tout simplement grandiose

19 Oct 2012 5:56am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Une compo, un cadrage et des contrastes de toute beauté ! j'adore ! Bon w.e.

20 Oct 2012 5:29am

OpenSpace Images from Wirral, United Kingdom

Love it! Wonderful tonal contrast and composition. - We have a trip planned to Iceland for next year, and can't wait - it appears to be the most fantastic place for landscape photographers to explore.

20 Oct 2012 7:14am

@OpenSpace Images: You'll love Iceland Marianthi! - what time of year are you going? ps - I've voted for you in the PP comp - good luck with it!

k@ from Paris, France

Wonderful contrast & vastness, did you apply something in the pp to have it that shiny white ? Seems quite non-natural but works well to enhance the mystery feel.

20 Oct 2012 12:27pm

@k@: Hi Karine - no, there's virtaully no post processing on this apart from the obvious b&w conversion and I lifted the shadows very slightly. It was a night shot and the church was floodlit.

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Spectacular frame. Just so perfect against the dark forbidding hills

21 Oct 2012 6:47am

OpenSpace Images from Wirral, United Kingdom

We got some very cheap flights for next September - we're usually last minute but it will be nice to have something to look forward to..!

21 Oct 2012 7:45am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

parmi ce traitement,la chapelle garde cette pureté de blancheur

21 Oct 2012 11:58am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

J'ai longtemps admiré cette image, elle est tout simplement sublime!

21 Oct 2012 6:09pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

i know the place and you did a perfect pic ! :)

23 Oct 2012 8:53am

Monik from PARIS, France

J'ai visité l'Islande, il y a trente ans, c'est une île fantastique. Je suis allée à Vik et ce N&B, absolument superbe, restitue à merveille le souvenir que j'en ai gardé. Merci pour ce partage! ;-)

23 Oct 2012 8:15pm

Duck Island Guy from Off the Coast, United States

An extraordinary portfolio of work. Congratulations.

25 Oct 2012 3:49am

mehdi ab from tehran, Iran

Glorious frame
well done

26 Oct 2012 9:48pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice!
very nice!

6 Nov 2012 4:19pm

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20 seconds
ISO 100
195 mm (35mm equiv.)