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Mount Axlarhyrna, Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Mount Axlarhyrna seen from Búðir at Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland. (Christopher Lund/©2014 Christopher Lund)

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers a great variety of subject matter. And in the right weather conditions the light changes really fast, like on this autumn day. I often find myself leaving the tripod behind in the car at this location, to be able to work and explore at a faster pace.

This image of grass and mount Axlarhyrna was shot handheld using the widest f-stop of the Ziess Macro Planar 50mm f/2 lens. I was there with students from the Icelandic school of photography. We spent three days in the area and their task was to capture the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – the way they saw it. No rules to follow other than to produce their vision of the place.

Far too often I find photographers tend to produce the same type of images they have seen before, made by other photographers. There is nothing wrong with that. I have done it many times, and its almost unavoidable – since images we like influence us. One can learn a lot trying to reproduce a good image. But its important to see for ourselves as well.

To me photography is a very personal thing. I think my best work has a part of me in it. If I am able to deliver my vision, the image is a success. At least to me.

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