Lost Beneath The Yellow Light | Iceland

While I was traveling throughout Iceland last year, there were many songs playing on the car radio, and many of them trigger certain memories, and mental images. Whenever I hear Yellow Light by Of Monsters and Men, my mind drifts to The dreamy midnight sun and how it danced around the dramatic landscape of the Northwestern Fjords. There is something magical about the instrumental portion of that song that puts my memories of Iceland into a dreamlike state. This particular photo was taken near Patreksfjörður in the late evening. This was the lowest the sun would get in the sky for the entirety of the trip, it was surreal.

I don’t really know the story behind the ship that is beached along the fjord, but it bears the marking “BA 64”.  As I explored the perimeter of the ship, I imagined an intense storm in which Icelandic fishermen battled the tumultuous seas through thick fog, which landed them in this predicament.

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Behind The Scenes

Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: Canon 24-105L
Focal Length: 45mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/160th
The Tools: 15 Inch Macbook Pro
Location: Northeast, PA
Other Good Stuff: Lightroom 5, Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Workflow: In Lightroom, I used a graduated brush to fine tune the color temperature of the sky so that the warmth of the midnight sun that I remember was not overdone and I fine tuned the look of the clouds using an adjustment brush. I then brought the image into Color Efex Pro 4 to soften the image while warming it a bit more with a combination of  modified skylight and sunlight filters.


By | 2017-12-16T19:34:02+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Iceland, Photography|2 Comments

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  1. Heather Balogh March 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Gah. Such a beautiful photo! I honestly think Iceland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!

    • patrickgensel March 13, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

      That is fore sure. So much wonder packed into a tiny country.

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