I really enjoy playing with near and far in my landscape photography. Picking a tiny detail out of a sweeping background changes a pretty scene into something just that bit more unusual, and gives the viewer a sense of being in the landscape rather than just looking at it through a frame. The knack is to spot that special something, then make sure that both your detail and your landscape are in focus. I don’t always succeed with the latter, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
On the black sands near Jokulsarlon, Iceland, icebergs from the nearby glacier lake wash up on the shore, to be slowly beaten down back to the water they began life as a millennium ago.
Almannaskarð is a high mountain pass on the east coast of Iceland, once considered the most dangerous part of the road than circles the country. Nowadays a tunnel goes underneath the mountain, but if you have a tough car and a bit of bravery, you can still drive up to the highest point of the old pass and look out over the bay to the Vatnajokull glacier beyond. In the car park is a sign quoting an Icelandic author, who states, “If you have not seen the view from Almannaskarð, you have not seen Iceland at all”.
The coastline and the flowers aren’t as sharp as I should have managed, but I like it anyway.
In the USA this time, in Utah. This Canyonlands National Park, as viewed from Dead Horse State Park. Here the Colorado River and the red rock form a unique landscape that goes on forever. I think I can be forgiven for not managing pin-sharp focus on the distant haze.