lost world

The Abandoned World - Plane wreck in Iceland

There are plenty of unique views in Iceland, and while I visited the country, I knew this plane wreck was one of those sights I wanted to visit. Walking around this iconic plane wreckage in the darkness of night was one of my favorite and most emotional experiences in Iceland. The wind made the wreck make ghostly sounds in the dark. I felt alone and inspired in this vast, surreal landscape. If you have visited the place you know, it's in the middle of nowhere (Sólheimasandur). I knew the story behind the abandoned plane wreckage; I still wanted to vision a different storyline. 

After a long rainy day, there was an opportunity to capture the plane wreck with an interesting and different vantage point. I carefully placed the camera on a tripod to the lowest possible height, close to the little puddle of water to create this perspective. I had to capture the scenery with multiple exposures to give it the final look because the wind kept blurring the water. I also wanted to get enough detail in the dark parts of the wreck. 

If you want to learn my star photography techniques, you can view my eBook Star Photography Masterclass where I go through my star photography vision. 

Exif & Equipment

Nikon D810, Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8 G, Sirui R4203 L Tripod & Manfrotto 3WAY-Head
Sky: ISO 6400, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.
Plane wreck & black sand: ISO 500, 14 mm, f/2.8, 14 min
Reflection: ISO 8000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec.

Post-Processing

I selected the photographs I wanted to stitch together in Lightroom and applied Saga Preset (Ice) to each of them. For combining the three horizontal images, I used my Vision Of Depth technique in Photoshop. The hardest part was masking different parts of the pictures together to create the unique depth of the final artwork. After I had stitched the image together, I applied another of my favorite presets: Hint of Blue (Saga).

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The Abandoned World – Sólheimasandur, Iceland – 2016

Fine Art Print Shop

We have received numerous print inquiries, so we have worked long for an option to purchase my work directly from this website. The shop is now live! You can choose three different Hahnemühle fine art papers and various sizes for your preferred artwork. You can learn more about the printing materials here: Print Information.

If you didn't find a photograph, you would love to have a fine art print. You can contact us by emailing: mikko.lagerstedt@gmail.com and we will add it to the shop. 

So what happens when you order a print? Here are the steps we make to provide our quality products:

  1. We receive the order information and review the picture, size, and paper choice
  2. Image sent to Dialab a Finnish fine art printing lab
  3. The print is delivered to be reviewed and signed by Mikko Lagerstedt
  4. Artwork packed
  5. Buyer receives delivery notification with a tracking code

And this all happens in a couple of days. The art buyer will receive the print within ten business days after the delivery notification.