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    This image is part of a series of aerial images I captured in southern Iceland. These abstract interpretations of the ever changing Icelandic scenery were fueled by a mixture of “desire, vision and gut reaction” to the scenery. On board of a small 4-seater Cessna plane there was little time to think about composition, everything below me was moving fast, compositions seemed to come and go in waves of succession. In these particular conditions I allowed myself the comfort of instinctual reaction.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 24
    Lighting 13
    Creativity 20
    Story 12

    This gorgeous abstract image of a complex river system in Iceland is a piece of art. Aerials can be difficult to get right—you’re moving fast and you have to compose even faster. But when a photographer nails it, the results can be exceptional and are especially intriguing for those of us who don’t have the opportunity to see these places on such a grand scale.

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jun 20, 2013
    Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2013
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800E
    Focal Length: 60 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
    Aperture: f/4.5
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Emmanuel Coupe
    Categories: Abstract, Landscapes, Nature
    Assignments: From Above, Explore Our Changing World