Geothermal Pipes At The Viki Crater Near Myvatn, Iceland

A large pipe transfers steam through the landscape near the Viki Crater not far from the town of Myvatn in northern Iceland.

I suppose it's fair to say that, proportionally, I post far too many pics of Iceland given the time I've spent there compared to all the other countries I've visited over the years.

But, for those of us who have had the good fortune to have journeyed to this most beautiful island, the notion that too much is never enough makes perfect sense.

Despite suffering from a very heavy cold throughout the three short weeks I had in the country, during my first trip to Iceland, I just loved my time there. I put in long hours chasing the light and was rewarded with fantastic photography opportunities. I can't wait to return. 

I Desire To Make Life Affirming Images

This photo was made near the town of Myvatn in northern Iceland. Geothermal power is a big deal in this country and, as a consequence, there's no negative comment associated with the inclusion of the pipe in this photo.

In fact the primarily reason for including the pipe in this photo was as an aid to composition. It leads the viewer through the frame in much the same way as a road, railway line or river does.

 
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Notice how three dimensional this image looks. That might seem like an obvious statement, given the fact that we perceive the world around us in two dimensions. However, photographs are two dimensional. And that's just as true for an image viewed on a computer or handheld device as it is for a traditional printed photograph.

In the above image it's the long line of the pipe, and the journey it takes us on, that provides the sense of three dimensional space within the bounds of the two dimensional photograph.

Light and Beauty Are At The Heart Of A Great Photo

I remember being drawn to the scene by the glow of light reflecting off the surface of the pipe as it traversed its way across the landscape. And it's light that's central to what this photo is really about. That, and the somewhat surreal, other worldly feel associated with this scene.

 
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Photography And The Dance Of Light

After rendering the original color file into black and white in Adobe Lightroom I applied a warm tone to emphasize the mood of this alien-like landscape.

It's a good reminder that the success of a photo is only partly dependent upon the objects around which the composition is created. In photography beauty is largely dependent upon light, the way it illuminates and reveals objects within the scene and the connections and meaning that most creative dance evokes within us.  

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru