I had big plans for this location that you can find on the southernmost island of the Faroe islands archipelago. And yet I had to come to the conclusion that I would probably not end up being very lucky with the light while shooting these fantastic and scary cliffs.
Scary especially, because I had the wind at my back and a vertical drop of around 250 meters just a few inches in front of my camera. Sunrise was very rainy, windy and totally grey. The typical kind of weather conditions that makes you wonder if you shouldn't just go somewhere cozy for breakfast. But I simply didn't want to leave this place without getting an image that made me happy. Very often in landscape photography, stubborn is the way to be!
Therefore I sat down on the cliffs, enjoyed the windy and wet view and waited. As the sun kept rising higher and higher, I started getting a little more excited again. With a big chunk of luck, there could at least some light be unfolding behind the mountains in the frame.
I never expected what happened next! The sun blasted across the rain clouds and the mountains shaped it into a fantastic spotlight that was splitting the scene. I forgot all my worries about the safety of this operation and made sure to capture a few compositions of this epic light shaft as long as it lasted.
The elements had aligned better than ever before.
A moment of joy was had!
Cinematic light shaft
ISO64, f/11, 0,6”
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