Pic(k) of the week 32: Clipped wings in Iceland

Just back from an amazing week in Iceland, I'm really impressed by what this country has to offer for landscape photography. The next two weeks I'm staying in my home country Belgium and will only be able to do the final editing on my Icelandic images once back in Dubai. I have however started playing around with some images on my Macbook. Expect some extensive "Land of Fire and Ice" blogposts towards the end of August!

2012 Pic(k) of the week 32 : Clipped wings in Iceland

The image above of a crashed United States Navy C-117D (modified DC-3), was shot on a remote beach just West of Vik, Iceland. I first saw the remains of the aircraft in a Sigur Ros music clip and founded out of its final resting place through some internet research. It looks like the Navy transport aircraft ran out of fuel in bad weather on 24 November 1973, almost 40 years ago! No lives were lost but apparently a wreckage salvage operation by helicopter, let to a fatal crash of the rotorcraft at the side. Even though the wings and tail of the aircraft have been removed, the main fuselage has been left in the desolate Icelandic landscape. In order to get to the spot, one needs to open (and close!) a private gate along the main ring-road and then drive a few kilometers off-road through the black sand. Having a good 4x4 proved very valuable in Iceland! 

Image details:
Nikon D800 with 70-200 2.8 VR2 lens
ISO 100, 82mm, f8, 1/125s
RAW development in Lightroom 4
HDR processing with Photomatix 4

More images of "disused aircraft", can be found in its specific gallery here.

For the pilots amongst the blog-readers, remember; "Every landing you can walk away from is a good one"!


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