Still Waters, a minimalist Icelandic coastal landscape

A minimalist fine art photograph in B&W, showing an Icelandic coastal landscape with cloud reflections on a lagoon with rocks near Stokksnes beach.

Stokksnes beach, Iceland
October, 2015
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Camera & lens

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED

Camera settings

ƒ/9, 1/6s, ISO 64 and 45mm

Size original

7253 x 4841 pixels


It was early in the morning when this Icelandic coastal landscape was taken. The view in this photograph is near Stokksnes Beach, where most people focus on photographing the Vestrahorn. There is a small lagoon there, which is of interest when you want to shoot with a more minimalist style. There are rocks and small islands with black sand scattered around the lagoon. Make sure to visit the area when you find yourself in that part if Iceland!

It was a cloudy morning with barely any wind. The reflections of the clouds were close to perfect as a result. A longer exposure time smoothened the water in the lagoon as well as the clouds in the sky. Black & white seemed to fit the scene best. Combining a longer exposure time and black & white simplifies the photograph. Less is more! Besides that, it strengthens the minimalist mood and calm feel. “Still Waters” seemed to be a suitable title for this Icelandic coastal landscape.

Please visit our Minimalist photography theme for minimalist photographs similar to this one. Alternatively, check out our The Coast theme to see coastal landscapes from all over the world. Lastly, consider visiting our Nordic landscape photography portfolio for more landscape photographs taken in the Nordics, including quite a few more Icelandic coastal landscapes. The photograph titled Curved is a great example.

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1 comment for Still Waters, a minimalist Icelandic coastal landscape

  1. Ben

    Good to see something different from Stokksnes beach. Wouldn’t mind having this on my wall :-p

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