The big country
Will Fosky’s shot captures the spectacular side of Iceland
On my 40th birthday I touched down in the country I’ve always wanted to visit the most: Iceland. It was a dream come true! Instead of riding the ‘Hop-On, Hop-Off’ tour bus around Reykjavik, I decided to walk for miles in every direction, taking in the beautiful sights and some of the cleanest, coolest air I’ve ever experienced.
This breathtaking sight is taken from the Observation Deck of the Perlan Museum, which offers a 360-degree view. It was shot on my Canon EOS 5D IV and a 24-70mm lens at 70mm. The exposure was 1/100 sec at f/16 and ISO 100.
Great shot, Will. Having stood on this very spot myself on the Observation Deck at the museum, it’s a very inspiring sight – Europe’s most northerly capital city laid out in front against what has to be one of the most dramatic backdrops around. I can understand why you wanted to visit Reykjavik so much.
I’m really enjoying the clarity of your shot, created by the choice of f/16 for excellent depth of field – and, of course, the crispness of the light in Iceland.
Your composition works roughly from the rules of thirds, so it has good balance, although I’d like to see a little more of the foreground in the frame. Leading us from the scrubby wilderness to the built-up city and then back off into the wilderness again would help to tell the story of this special city. This shot makes me want to go back there right now!
A great choice of location and a wellexecuted shot The f/16 aperture selection helps to provide good clarity I would have included more of the scrubland in the front, for layering Try darkening the clouds to help bring out their structure some more
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