Stormy day in south Iceland, February 2019 [+]

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Jun 12, 2019

I have been working for two years on a series of square and black-and-white photos illustrating the sea under the storm. In February 2019, winds over 100km / h swept south of Iceland. I went there for a rather restrictive morning photo session: it started under the snow and continued in the rain while the wind was still extremely violent. It is difficult to protect your lens in rain, wave and wind conditions. It is indeed necessary to wipe it after each shot. Patience and perseverance were nevertheless highly rewarded as the sun tore the clouds for a short moment, illuminating the spray. Soaked, hands numb, what a joy to have a moment of respite! In addition, the backlight then offered me the ideal conditions to get the high contrast image that I was looking for.

I used a zoom 100-400mm for this photo shoot, which is not my usual. A friend lent it to me and I appreciated, however, in these difficult conditions, the possibility to change focal length quickly. I then tried to get a maximum of close-ups on the waves.

After cropping in square format, I worked black and white development on Lightroom. Finally, I accentuated the contrast to get the image I wanted.


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