Photographer's Note

Rauðisandur, West Fjords; further down from the famous hills of Làtrabjark and their puffin colonies.

He'd spotted what he thought were seals way off at the furthest point of Rauðisandur, the Red Beach. Some German man had told him the year before that that's where you'll find them in large flocks.
From the shore it looked like a bit of a walk, but like everywhere in Iceland, a bit of a walk quickly turned into a very long walk.

At dawn I noticed that the sea level was high up, making most of the famous beach invisible. Later, as we finally crawled out of our little Libero Subaru the water had pulled back out into the ocean. We crossed knee-deep freezing water and worm infested sands before reaching even half of the way we'd set out to walk.

I'd stayed back to take pictures of the curious sand and the amazing shapes the water had moulded it into, while he pushed forwards to reach the seals.

It was as I lifted my head back up from the amazing sand and its fascinating inhabitants that I spotted this once in a lifetime sight: an orange man on an orange beach.

I think the picture tells the story of Iceland: empty and impressive as well as amazingly powerful and beautiful.

For the rest of the story: we walked for about an hour and a half to get to the far away point where the seals were laying. We got very close to them before they became nervous. Not late after, I became agitated as I noticed that the water started to rise again. The knee-deep rivers flowing between the flat sand land had changed to hip-high by the time we were crossing them. We ran for some of the way, making it back ashore within about 40 minutes, slightly wet and cold yet blissfully happy :D

I've fixed the contrast (the picture turned out amazingly dark/grey), retouched the levels and then cropped off a bit. I hope you enjoy it :D

I actually deleted the original post because it turned out too dull/light. I am having slight problems with going from the original file to a web-format file.
Any advice, hints or ideas about this are more than welcome.
Thank You.

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Additional Photos by Julia Leijola (leiju) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697)
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