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Almannagja by Marilyn Peake

November 2021 - Almannagja

About the Image(s)


I took this photograph on a trip to Iceland in 2019. Almannagja has an interesting history. It’s in Thingvellir (or ├×ingvellir) National Park. The Vikings held huge annual legislative meetings here. Laws and other announcements were read aloud where everything echoed off the rock walls, allowing the crowds to hear what was being said. I’m not sure if this is the exact spot where the laws were read, although it was done somewhere along this rock wall.

I took this photo with my Google Pixel cell phone. The metadata reports the following: f/2, 1/1825 sec., ISO-39. In Photoshop, I increased the brightness by 9 and the contrast by 5. I was very lucky on the day I took this photograph because the sun was out and the sky was very blue and filled with clouds. Also, it was lucky that a bird happened to fly into the scene as I snapped this picture.


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12 comments posted




Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Good one. The colors are good, and the receding lines are just about perfect. Sorry the bird didn't position itself against the rocks for better contrast. Hope you didn't pay the bird much.
Thanks for the history, also.   Posted: 11/03/2021 23:31:30
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
The bird was free of charge, perhaps photobombing my picture. :)   Posted: 11/06/2021 17:42:01



Lin Sun   Lin Sun
Very nice picture and very beautiful place to visit. Might due to the limited capability of cell phone camera, the far-end rocks lost too much details. Anyway, the ascending road and the descending rocks project to a joint just around the edge of the image, which two lines both start from a vertex and perfectly cut the image into three triangles: the sky, rocks, and grasses. And they merge with each other naturally. So far it's already good enough. So, it seems the bird doesn't add too much value, unless the image was cropped into its top-left 1/4 part ---- we might name it "climbing bird". Thank you for the history too.   Posted: 11/04/2021 00:51:36
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Lin!   Posted: 11/06/2021 17:43:14



Francois Venter   Francois Venter
Compositionally you have ticked so many boxes. The leading line. Converging lines of the road and mountain just draw you through the image. I think you might be suffering a bit due to the abilities of the camera phone. ideally you would want to change the F2 to something more like F6.3 or F8. Which will bring the Shutterspeeds down, but that will give you more depth of field. But not sure if this is within the abilities of the phone camera   Posted: 11/04/2021 12:16:07
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Francois!   Posted: 11/06/2021 17:43:41



Arief Rahardjo
Many forms. lines, and texture in this image. A good composition with nice contrast color. The bird pass by made dynamic in this image. Good job.   Posted: 11/04/2021 19:46:06
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Arief!   Posted: 11/06/2021 17:43:58



Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Beautiful composition with successful colors. The two lines of rock band and road lead to the right edge of the image. The bird flies along the border rock and sky, which brings dynamics into the picture. The drawing of the rocks comes out well. I am always amazed at the good quality of smartphone photos. A successful image, which I like.   Posted: 11/07/2021 04:52:40
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks so much, Raymond!   Posted: 11/07/2021 22:36:05



Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Nearly a perfect V image, simple in its construct and pleasant to view. The bird was very obliging to pop in and photobomb you.
Now I do wonder if you could crop the bottom and make this a perfect V image and there is either a damaged pixel or something nasty in the sky marked by red arrow.   Posted: 11/10/2021 06:36:31
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Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Thanks, Paul! And thanks for catching that spot in the sky.   Posted: 11/10/2021 19:02:12