Kirkjufell. A classic?

The "Classic" Kirkjufell Photo?

The “Classic” Kirkjufell Photo?

This is Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It has in the last years become one of the top photography sites in the country, and just by a quick search on google, you can see that the internet is loaded with photos: with the waterfalls in the foreground, with aurora dancing above it, at sunrise, sunset, middle of the day, in fog or clouds. It’s fame has grown rapidly in the last years, and I get many requests to go there. And I really love this place.

Mt. Kirkjufell, reflecting in a small pond nearby. How photogenic can this mountain be?

Mt. Kirkjufell, reflecting in a small pond nearby. How photogenic can this mountain be?

You sometimes hear that this mountain has become too famous and that anyone that sets out too photograph it is a copy cat, that the mountain has become a cliché and is not worth photographing. I have even read an article on who was the first one to shoot it in the most famous way, with the waterfall in the foreground, so that we could find “the original”. That is an interesting point of view, but I believe that Mt. Kirkjufell has more potential than that. The area around it offers all sorts of approach to photography, and it is all up to you to interpret the area, your way.

As with all places, it is fun to look around and see if you can find alternative angle.

As with all places, it is fun to look around and see if you can find alternative angle.

So my advice to you, if you decide to visit Mt. Kirkjufell, is this: Do your take on the “classic” waterfall / mountain setup, just for fun. Remember that is not likely to become an internet sensation and go viral, since there are so many shots of that kind already around. But it’s a pleasing photograph, and might even look great as a print on your wall. You might even consider it as a musician playing Bach. Many people have done it before you, but it is a pleasing thing to do.

But once you are done with that, start looking around. Maybe you can find a different angle, som reflections, wait for better or just different light. There is much more to the Kirkjufell than “just the waterfall shot.” As in all places you visit.

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