Iceland is such a surreal place. So many unique landscapes and scenes that just don't quite look like they come from this planet.
This was taken during my trip back in March 2015, nearly two years ago. But was a scene that I didn't quite have the processing skills or vision to really pull off until recently.
The waves were crashing super hard and I realized that in addition to the unique landscape, I could further the dreamy atmospheric look by going for a long exposure. This was shot late afternoon with a Lee big stopper 10 stop ND filter, which gave me the soft water and haziness I was looking for.
Unfortunately, the long exposure I had was from a spot on the beach I wasn't completely thrilled with and in the time I was taking it, I had people walking over the beach into and out of the shot (not on every one). This created some unpleasant footprint patterns on the beach. I had a few other shots from slightly earlier that had a much more pleasant footprint pattern, unfortunately for those, they were shot at a different focal length and from a different spot on the beach. So, up until now I didn't quite have the skills to blend them, but I think the blend works quite well and I am happy with the results. A little cleanup of some extra footprints and I was left with this wonderful trail leading right to the water that I think works as a great leading line for the shot and adds to the surreal factor, as if someone just walked into the water and then... who knows.
I did some light painting to really get the atmosphere and colors I wanted and some other contrast/brightness/color adjustments.
Very happy with the way this turned out. Hope you enjoy!