Reynisfjall and the church, Vik

Reynisfjall and the church, Vik

Back to Iceland and back to the small town of Vik.

Undoubtedly, the most interesting and eye-catching building in town is the small church. Simple in design, with its bright white walls and red roof, what makes it eye-catching is its position, high on a moraine wall overlooking town. You can’t help but spot it as you drop down the sides of the surrounding ridges into the narrow valley, and it is visible from wherever you go among the streets and buildings. Whether this has religious significance is a question for the theologises, but whether your journey is spiritual or actual, the church provides the perfect landmark!

In this short, the forced perspective of a long lens brings in the huge, basalt bulk of Reynisfjall making it appear to be almost pressed against the church, a looming, inescapable presence for townsfolk below. The evening sun through the cloud creates a soft modelling light and a golden glow that adds warmth to the scene.

June 2015.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 100-400 L IS II

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