The Black Sands

Vik, Iceland. Stepping onto the back sand beaches in southern Iceland you feel like you have been transported into an alien world. Everything is as it should be at a beach: the sound of the ocean and waves, the way the beach feels on your feet – yet the color of the sand is… pitch black. Whats more: the absence of any kind of life. No crabs crawling about. No sea shells. No signs of the usual beach life you normally see. And since no humans can be seen anywhere – you feel isolated and completely alone in this alien planet. It takes a while to get used to it. And its totally wild.

TAGS: [Iceland, Landscape, Black & White]

May 22, 2011 | 21 comments
B&W Iceland Landscape

EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/10 | Exposure bias: -4/6EV | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 640 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

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21 comments

  • yz on 22.05.2011 @ 14:42

    stunning composition

  • Christina Klas on 22.05.2011 @ 15:23

    Beautifully done in black and white.

  • frankdejol on 22.05.2011 @ 15:39

    Mysterious and intriguing place.
    Excellent shot.

  • Otto K. on 22.05.2011 @ 16:41

    beautiful image, it does feel like a negative world.

  • crash on 22.05.2011 @ 21:36

    my friends just showed me the photos they took in Iceland recently .... between you and him I'm feeling the urge to go! very misty, moody pic ... love it !

  • Christopher on 22.05.2011 @ 23:43

    Outstanding--gorgeous in its contrast

  • sherri on 23.05.2011 @ 00:04

    It's hauntingly beautiful. Definitely a wow factor.

  • fabrizio on 23.05.2011 @ 00:37

    terrific and impressive, very cool shot

  • joshi daniel on 23.05.2011 @ 01:23

    the dark effect gives a surreal effect!

  • Claus Petersen on 23.05.2011 @ 01:32

    Amazing place, this could easily be the end of the world! :-)

  • Oscar on 23.05.2011 @ 14:13

    Iceland, the land of dreams

  • Ingo Vogelmann on 24.05.2011 @ 08:19

    Holy mother ... this is BRILLIANT!

  • Wolfgang on 24.05.2011 @ 12:44

    Stunning shot and good b/w processing, love the composition and this atmosphere.

  • george on 25.05.2011 @ 09:59

    ...and still that country's changing! But I guess that what gives it the magic that you've captured.

  • Charles Dastodd on 26.05.2011 @ 11:22

    gorgeous b&w landscape! just beautiful!

  • yiannis krikis on 26.05.2011 @ 13:32

    I like this wild seascepe - excellent b&w work

  • Andrey Samolinov on 29.05.2011 @ 10:51

    Excellent and expressive picture
    Well done

  • Ben on 29.05.2011 @ 13:55

    Love the mood in this one. Great shot!

  • kyungmee on 05.06.2011 @ 22:13

    beautiful place..beautiful image!

  • rian on 05.06.2011 @ 22:44

    woah! hell's beach! great catch!

  • aptass on 22.06.2011 @ 15:13

    Wow. I imaging death playing chess on a beach like this.