Weekender, Iceland

An A-frame building set in a geographically stunning landscape in rural Iceland.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 105mm. Exposure: 1/50 second @ f11 ISO 100.

Certainly one of the most amazing places I’ve visited, Iceland offers a wealth of opportunities for the enthusiastic photographer. I traveled around the island in the middle of summer and benefited tremendously from the long daylight hours and the extended golden light.

This photo, made in the country’s interior, features an A-frame building set within a very dramatic landscape. Iceland sources over 80% of its electricity from renewable resources and geothermal projects account for around 25% of the country’s total electricity production. Outstanding! 

As the area we were exploring included quite a bit of geothermal activity, I’m unsure as to whether this structure functions as a house or office. Unbridled by the facts I’m going to take poetic license and think of it as a weekender, a country retreat if you like.

What an Environment

And what a setting for a country retreat. Lush grass and dramatic mountain scenery abound. There’s even a few well fed sheep on hand.

I originally explored a black and white rendering of the image which, with a scene so full of shape and texture, worked very well.

A black and white rendering of the above photo. Which do you prefer?

Realism, Suggestion or Abstraction

However, in this case, I’ve opted for a color rendering. My main reason for doing so is that the color within the mountainous background helps describe the terrain. Photography is, after all, all about story telling and we have a choice to make images that either appear realistic, in the way they describe the scene, or are deliberately removed from reality.

Actually I think many of my favorite images straddle the line between these two concepts. Rather than relying on realism or abstraction, they explore suggestion which I feel is a more subtle way of picturing the world around us in line with our own unique vision.

Which do you prefer, the color or black and white version of the scene?

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