The big coun­try

Will Fosky’s shot cap­tures the spec­tac­u­lar side of Ice­land

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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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