Buðir's little pitch-black church at the Snæfellsnes peninsula is worth the little detour before you get to Arnarstapi. It is a windswept location, former fishing village, surrounded by the Búðahraun lava field, rumoured to be home to countless elves, and enjoying unsurpassed views out over the Atlantic. The black church with its three white-framed windows dates from 1703, and cuts an evocative image when viewed with the majestic Snæfellsnes mountain range as a backdrop. I was not that lucky as the Snæfellsnes was covered in low and thick clouds, but still lucky enough to get a quite dramatic view of the church anyway.
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What a tongue breaker in the names, how can someone possibly ever learn this language :-) The tiny white cross looks fairly lost in this windy corner and yet it has an incredible intensity it streams out, you're kind of confident that "everything turns out well and no volcano will ever weaken us". Okay maybe you have to believe in elves to be THAT sure ... LOL ... Excellent composition using the zic-zac line of the stone wall with the tiny plants growing on the top for the lead in, great the moody skies with the dark somber clouds. Looking at this image, you kind of want to grab one of these itchy hand-knit sweaters they sell at the airport and sip on some warming tea and yet it has a completely comforting side despite the miserable weather. I absolutely love your pp, you kind of have lost the glossy "photo paper" and made it matte looking. This works extremely well for me.
I was sure the church would be red before reading your note.
Not the obvious composition (PB would never be obvious! 😉) This way the archway is offset to the left allowing us to see more of the church, and the wall provides a zigzag lead-in. The small white cross stands out nicely against the dark, dramatic sky...not easy to process I bet!
At first look I was going to say the white portions are just to overpowering for my taste, then I read the note and changed my opinion. I am sure the B&W is the only way to with this scene regardless of the weather. A clear sky would not be a impressive as one that has some dramatic cloud cover. The white gate and the white doors just grab your eyes and pull you into the scene. The zig-zag of the fence on a more subtle level brings you into the scene as well. Excellent!
This is certainly an attention getter with the black church and white gate, door and window panes. I have never seen a church like this before, and am curious on how this came to pass. Given your description of its location, one wonders when the last time there were services there. I admire the effect that you have produced with the use of b &w, but then what would it have been had you not chosen that means.
The enclosure around the structure looks interesting and it could be lava rock, plain rock or some other substance but it is intriguing. Probably put there by the local elves. Well done. Creativity always finds a way. R
I am really impressed by this post standing out of the PF production of the last days. I am amazed by the sharpness and DOF (at f9) from the white herbs in the FG to the white cross on the church tower, and the way the clouds seem to move. The zig zag of the fence is the way to read the picture, a master piece in B&W!
The depth of field in this image is amazing. I think it is the detail present everywhere: from the clouds to that pin-sharp cross & even the sweep of the hills has delicate shading. Like Barbara, I'm curious about the matte finish. HLJ, P
uma vista fabulosa com elementos muito bem colocados no enquadramento, tendo a igrejinha como centro da composição. o céu tempestuoso tem uma grande beleza dramática. linda foto. por aqui o céu está desse jeito, tivemos já dois dias de chuvas excessivas e até aparecemos no jornal da tarde na TV.