Going back in time
One of my favourite places in Iceland, shooting the sea stacks of Vik from a direction where not many people photograph. I was there with a group in February 2017. I have visited here many times before and indeed since. It was a bitterly cold day and a snow storm was working its way towards us. Not long after taking this image we were engulfed in heavy snow and the scene was obliterated. As the tide had previously come in it had cleared the snow and ice from the black sands. Some years this area just freezes over and is blanketed in white hiding everything below it. On these occasions, the tide comes in but makes its way under the ice and snow.
On this particular visit, I was astonished to see this orange sand. I had never seen it before and I have no clue what it is but its shape and colour was just beautiful conveniently positioned to lead the eye to the stacks in the distance. It just had to be captured!
As part of our online course Mastering Image Interpretation, the raw file was given to the students to work on themselves and to compare how they had interpreted the file versus my own. I was not happy with the version I had done myself many years ago so decided to rework it. I am quite happy with the result. It more accurately represents the feeling and conditions I experienced back then and really accentuates the black sands and the stormy sky in the distance.
It is true to say that over the years your sense of aesthetic, skills and experience and the capability of post processing tools changes and improves over time giving you the opportunity to revisit old work with fresh eyes and ideas. This is quite pleasurable — not only in achieving what I would consider better results but also reliving the moment that you were there.