Landscape,  Travel

Black as dominant color

Black as a color is not so popular. In Iceland you always encounter a black, which only seems homogeneous at first glance. In fact, every black, whether in basalt or sand, is slightly inhomogeneous and interesting to the eye and not gap.

My first encounter with the color black on Iceland was on the rocky coast near our hotel in Arnarstapi, which was easily accessible on foot. The power of the sea seemed to be best expressed in moderate long-term shots. Anyone who exposes too long will only get the average altitude of the sea level . . . .

Black basalt coast at Hellnar (Arnarstapi), Iceland © Julian Köpke
Black basalt coast at Hellnar (Arnarstapi), Iceland © Julian Köpke

Occasionally black was also found in buildings. At farms or at the famous Black Church of Budir, which I shot from many perspectives.

Black church at Budir © Julian Köpke
Black church and Snæfellsjökull

The reflection on the Vestrahörn was best achieved in the early morning at low tide on the damp black beach. The repeated flooding of the beach by waves disturbed the tripod and sometimes necessitated rapid escape movements, but they were also a prerequisite for good mirror images.

Last but not least, black and red were the dominant colours in the hot lava of the Fagradalsfjall, which we were able to see more closely on the last day of our stay.

Only a few kilometers further by car the sun began to shine and the clouds receded. In the southwest of the Reykjanes peninsula we felt the white of the lighthouse all the more radiant after our volcanic visit.

Afternoon sun at lighthouse Reykjaviti © Julian Köpke

Before leaving, one last look at the waves, which are radiated by sunlight and seem to contain more energy than usual.

Waves and surf at Reykjanesviti, Iceland

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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