The Stone Sea Monster of Iceland (2016-06-18 19:01)
For the first part of the trip, I traveled toward the west part of Iceland with a photographic group led by Lance Keimig. This unusual rock formation protruding from the sea is the remains of an ancient extinct volcano Hvitserkur on the sea shelf. Hvitserkur, which translates to “white shirt” and derives its name from being covered in Shag and Cormorant guano, rises 15 meters, or nearly 50 feet from the sea. Icelandic legend has it that the rock was a troll who forgot to retreat from the light and was turned to stone in the sunrise, though from some angles it is said to look like a dragon drinking from the water, while others say that it looks like a sea monster frozen in stone. I’m going with the frozen sea monster. The geological oddity was commemorated on an Icelandic stamp in 1990.
Nikon D610/Nikkor 28-300mm. I took eight photos, each one at an eight-second exposure at f/22 ISO 100 and stacked eight of them together to create an even longer net exposure, this one 64 seconds in total to smooth out the water movements of the sea.
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