June 22, 2014

Over the Delta

Photograph by Hans Strand, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was shooting for my upcoming book on Iceland and hired a pilot to fly me over the highlands," writes Your Shot contributor Hans Strand. "In the far distance I saw this inspiring river delta over Hvítarvatn near Langjökull glacier and directed the pilot to make a few laps over it. We flew three 360-degree laps at about a 400-meter [1,300-foot] altitude right over the delta, and I concentrated on getting a good frame. The wind coming from Langjökull was very strong, which made the airplane very turbulent, and after the three laps I had to give up and fly back to Reykjavík due to airsickness. Luckily, I got what I wanted."

This photo recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Nature in Black and White.

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29 comments
Tina Wade-Lucas
Tina Wade-Lucas

This is not at all what I thought it was.  I was thinking it was a hairy something laying on a bed. lol  Great shot!

Mike Norton
Mike Norton

fabulous photo, you are so lucky to be able to go to these places 

Sandy Coryell
Sandy Coryell

Most interesting photo.  Looks like a heart with fat and blood vessels all around it!  Love your work!

What time of year was this taken?


Shannon T
Shannon T

Thanks for getting sick for this amazing shot. :)

Ankur Chauhan
Ankur Chauhan

Amazing pic Hans.. believe me its worth the effort. Congo..

Kamal MV
Kamal MV

Hand sketch by Mother Earth....!

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I have no idea what it is but it is beautiful and worth getting airsick.

Althea Sypudt
Althea Sypudt

Looks a little like a blood stream or musculature in the human body.

S. Kalai
S. Kalai

I'm in awe. It reminds me of how everything is inter-connected in nature.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Very impressive black and white shot. And it could be anything,so it has me confused. Tree roots, an alien of some sort, a petrified forest, My eyes are not doing their job, and my imagination is running away with me right now. I appreciate what you want through getting the shot, its me not you who is failing. j.e.s.......

Ruth Aguiar
Ruth Aguiar

Outstanding photo. I wonder how it looks like in color, though.

Shaenie Wintle
Shaenie Wintle

Absolutely stunning well worth getting a bit of air sickness :)

Maria Horton
Maria Horton

As a 'rookie' photographer, this is mind boggling!

Bruce Horton
Bruce Horton

No matter what man does, nature seems to be able to do it better . .  .

Mark River
Mark River

What a beautiful photo. The alleuvial fan of striations show the levels of the deposition of silt. Incredible!

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