The Hvítserkur (White Shirt) is thought to be an ancient volcano plug. The tough basalt structure has withstood many thousands of years of Icelandic weather, although recently has a concrete base manufactured to prevent further erosion.
This image was taken during a Summer sunrise session in June at 03.20 in the morning. The action in the sky was limited to a small area at first which forced me to take a bunch of verticals, but as the sun moved around, the sky became more useful for Horizontal shots. So here I am square on to the Troll Rock and I am using the sea rock to balance the composition and add some depth. The challenge is getting the 2 elements into the right areas of the frame. Having a tripod without a centre column is very useful here because I had to get down really low. Getting low means that composing the sky is easier. I was watching for the way the brighter parts of the sky interact with the Troll Rock and it’s reflection.
F/14, 13 seconds and Magic Cloth to give the sky about 1 seconds and the lower half 4-8 seconds. The longer exposure had a positive effect on the saturation of the reflected colours.
The location is easy to find, but access down to the beach can be a challenge. There is a very steep path from the look out point, but this should only be attempted in an upwards direction. Further back along the beach there are steep, but safer routes down.
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