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Icy Calm

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 16 July 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


I left with a photo from Jokulsarlon when we departed for Iceland about a month ago and I return with a photo from the same location. We have come back last week and after intense and busy time during our travels, I am just starting to get my bearings right at home and I only just started to dig into the processing of photos taken during the trip.

This was our first outing during the bright Icelandic summer nights. It was around 11pm in somewhat gloomy conditions (that stayed with us for most nights on the trip). I enjoyed these conditions nonetheless and I wanted to take some of that calm mood and softest of soft light into my photographs.

The temptation with this scene was to bump up the contrast right up by compressing the highlights and shadows but I feel that while it would increase the clarity and detail, it would also diminish the scene that I saw and felt at the time. It was the kind of light where there were no dark shadows around because it was just so soft and even throughout. The Icebergs were also kind enough to stay still long enough for the 30 second exposure, which I used to flatten and smooth out the water as much as possible.

I hope you enjoy this kind of low contrast scene and stay tuned for more photos from our Iceland trip.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 50 70 mm

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