Gregory Stais  

Thingvellir National Park - Iceland by Gregory Stais

June 2021 - Thingvellir National Park - Iceland

About the Image(s)

This shot was taken on May 31, 2018 while my wife and I were visiting the Thingvellir National Park located in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

This shot is a view of the one of many beautiful landscapes in the park. One key feature of Thingvellir is that this is where the the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, with the largest one, Almannagjá, a veritable canyon.

During post processing using Capture One Pro 21 I adjusted the exposure, color, contrast and, saturation. In Luminar AI I replaced the sky with something more dramatic, and made some additional enhancements.

This shot was taken with a Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70 F/2.8 G zoom at 50MM, F/4.5, 1/320 sec, and ISO 100.

4 comments posted

Kathleen Colligan
What a lovely photo showing the landscapes and the divide! A perfect reminder that Iceland is on my bucket list once travel is open again.   Posted: 06/08/2021 05:11:28

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
Really nice image and I love how you've got the gap running upward from the bottom left. It really draws your eyes to the centre and then on to the mountains. My only suggestion is maybe a less dramatic sky; the current one draws my attention and I have to make my eyes move back to the main subject of the image.   Posted: 06/10/2021 20:37:56

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
The composition and colors are very very strong. My eye walks from the bottom, across the frame and then zigs back to the mountain, which has the really nice dramatic sky. There is an HDR sense of the processing of the image that could be toned down a bit. It looks "too good to be real", to me, but the result is stunning.   Posted: 06/11/2021 09:00:12
Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
Andrew, I agree with you that the HDR version could be toned down a bit.

For comparison, attached is the original version (non-HDR) with adjustments made in Capture One 21 Pro.

Let me know you thoughts.

Thanks.   Posted: 06/11/2021 15:46:39
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