Vesturhorn Mountain & The Black Dunes, Iceland
Photo of the Month January 2014 ( Majestic Vesturhorn )
Iceland is an island with high volcanic activity, as a result, most sands in Iceland are black (lava sand). When we were photographing this area, we minimalise walking around to prevent footprints. If needed, we literally walk in each other's footprints.
Shot in winter, crampons are still a neccessity as some sand have ice in them and some parts of the water are still frozen. This image was a difficult case to handle during post-production. The VND filter that was unwillingly stuck to the lens, had colour casts that was pretty bad in it. Some parts of the image had magenta , while the other has blue casts.
A multitude of Color Balance adjustments layers and other adjustment layers finally got to the image I initially had in mind. This was how it felt, when I was capturing the sand dunes with the majestic Vesturhorn Mountain at the back.
Shot with Canon 6D, 16-35mm II with a Variable ND Filter for a long exposure of the clouds.