Black Beach, Vik, Iceland

Black Beach, Vik, Iceland

Black beach in better weather!

Over Black Beach

Over Black Beach

- The picture was taken on the cliffs above Black Beach, near Vik in southern Iceland. - This was my second attempt in 2015 to capture puffins in flight. The first was in the Farne Islands in the UK summer which was moderately successful. I achieved several good close-up shots with my new Oly 40-150. I was more satisfied by this picture, however because it provided an dramatic context with the backdrop of the lava-coloured beach. The puffins been bullied from their clifftop location by several gulls. They flew out to sea and I took this shot as they returned to the roost. - I enjoy taking a broad eclectic mix of photographic genre probably best described as, ‘Travel.’ I do particularly enjoy wildlife photography though. It gives one the opportunity to capture fleeting moments often missed by the human eye. - Taking this photograph was a huge challenge in poor light, driving wind and rain and near-freezing temperatures. The rugged, lightweight, weatherproof Olympus equipment gave me the confidence and comfort to keep shooting until I got a shot I was happy with. - The picture was post-processed in Lightroom where I raised the exposure by one full stop and I boosted the clarity, shadows and whites. I also reduced the noise and boosted the saturation and luminance of the red and orange to accentuate the colourful beaks. - I am inspired by photographs that capture unseen and unique moments (wildlife; sport; photojournalism) that would be difficult if not impossible to repeat.

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Returning to Roost

Returning to Roost

Looking Out to Sea

Looking Out to Sea

Iceland

Iceland

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Wild Horses Grazing, Iceland

Wild Horses Grazing, Iceland

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Black Beach, Vik, Iceland

Black Beach, Vik, Iceland

A black beach caused by the lava outflow.

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