One of my favorite mornings in Iceland was photographing the rocky, rugged beach at Hellnar. The water was moving rapidly, aided by the wind, as dawn rose over the mountains in the distance.
To make this image, I stood on a slippery rock for nearly thirty minutes, taking a photograph every time a wave splashed on the rocks to my right. This image is a perfect combination of the elements I witnessed as I waited: a beautiful splash on the left-most rock, a dynamic wave pattern in the foreground, and softly-colored mountains in their best light.
If you watch the ocean, you will notice that every wave is substantially different. In front of a scene such as this one, it is crucial to wait at least several minutes before searching for new compositions — a better wave pattern could arrive at any time.
It is also important to note the compositional strength of silhouettes. They simultaneously draw the eye and lead it farther into the photo; they give a perfect outline of a subject, yet do not allow a surface-level view. This dichotomy is why silhouettes look so powerful in photos — especially when framed by beautiful lighting.
If you wish to order a print of "Dawn Arriving," you have four purchasing options:
8x12, ready-to-hang foam backing
12x18, ready-to-hang foam backing
16x24, matted, framed, signed
Archival Hot-Press Rag Paper, Matte finish
To order any of these sizes, just contact me through the "Purchase" button at the bottom of this page. For the subject of your message, type "Dawn Arriving." For the body of the message, copy and paste the option that you choose. If you would like a custom-made print, please describe your specific requirements in the body of the message. Payment is through PayPal or check. International shipping is billed at cost — I will pay for shipping within the continental United States.
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