Rauðisandur means “Red Sand”. Rauðisandur is in the Southern part of the Westfjords and is south facing. It is not too far from Patreksfjörður and it is short driving distance from Latrabjarg puffin cliffs. People come for the colour of the sand because everywhere else in Iceland has black sand beaches. Driving down to Rauðisandur isn’t for nervous passengers. There is a steep winding road from the mountains to the beach and it is quite narrow.
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For this beach photography technique, I was trying to stick to 2 second exposures with a magic cloth. I noticed that there was this amazing colour as the larger waves receded, so I timed the exposures to coincide with this moment. The result is this incredible salmon pink colour on the saturated sand.
This is one of many shots I take on the ice beach. The formula is basic, but effective.
The grass anchors itself in the black sand forming tussocks from the drifting sand. Small pools form after heavy rain or melting snow.
From this position, I had several challenges. It took 17 shots to get to this one and I already knew my composition!