There’s a lot of typical Iceland features in this shot. – the black, volcanic rock surfacing the road, the wide, green, bare expanse of the valley floor, jagged, brooding mountains hazing blue, but stained with the green of grass and lichen. And a trio of Icelandic ponies. You wouldn’t be able to tell this, but the shot was also taken well beyond 10 o’clock at night, so there’s another Icelandic feature: the 24 hours of daylight that this subarctic island experiences in the middle of the Summer.
This was on of those ‘see and grab’ images. We were on our way back from Vik to where we were staying on an isolated farm a few miles east of the town. As we climbed up onto the higher ground to cross the bulk of Reynisfjall, a brief, but heavy shower clattered through. It cleared quickly, leaving the lush farmland we were driving through bathed in soft, clean evening light and the mountains to the north decorated with wisps of misty cloud. The ponies themselves seemed unperturbed by the weather or the stunning scenery…
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L IS