December 31, 2015

A Guiding Light

Photograph by Adrian Theze, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Adrian Theze made this photograph at Staðastaður on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. “I awoke to … perfect weather,” he writes, “so I decided to make the three-hour drive from Reykjavík to Snaefellsnes. As I drove the dawn skies were stunning, matching the scenery perfectly, and I [stopped] the car every few miles to take pictures. Driving along Snaefellsnesvegur toward Arnarstapi, I could see patches of light illuminating the mountainside in a kaleidoscope of pattern and color—but I needed a foreground subject to make my photograph. All I could see were fields and mountains, and I was beginning to give up hope, but then the church came into view. The sun broke through the clouds, bathing the church and mountainside in golden light.”

Theze’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

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11 comments
Susan F. Tollemache
Susan F. Tollemache

Adrian,

A fantastic sunrise picture that is so much more than the sun's disc rising above the horizon. It show off the true beauty of your magical Island home & brings back memories of my visit there  more than 20 years ago.

Susan F. Tollemache

M. Pal
M. Pal

Beautiful capture !

Great idea to get the church in the pic for perspective :)

Carol-Ann Duggan
Carol-Ann Duggan

If this was a painting people would say it didn't look real.

Holger S.
Holger S.

Amazing capture. What a great light!


Stu Lavitt
Stu Lavitt

Beautiful every thing fits in perfect 

Chris B.
Chris B.

I like the grainy textures of mountain and land contrasted against the diffuse light in the sky. But the light striking the mountainside lifts it into the realm of the sublime.

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