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Glacial Storms

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 28 July 2017 in Landscape & Rural.


A somewhat experimental photo today. I always allow myself more "creative processing" power when working with black and white images. This one comes from the south coast of Iceland, when multiple storms were rolling fast over the Vatnajökull glacier and its various outlets. It was hard to keep the camera still and I had no chance to set up a tripod so I waited for a tiniest break in the wind to frame the shot and press the shutter button.

The clouds were just about surreal and they kept moving extremely quickly. I did not want a long exposure this time but I wanted to photograph some of the weird shapes and texture that they presented. I also wanted to show the scale of the clouds. You can see the tiny landscape just over the water. This stretch of coast covers about 50km in length and that gives some idea as to the size of the clouds.

Let me know what you think of this image. I think it works on a more abstract level but it does portray the weather and mood on the day. I certainly remember it exactly like that, as well, as the cold hands I had after hanging out for good twenty minutes to take the photo.

These stormy clouds were also what provided the inspiration for my previous photo at Stokksnes when they were still swirling about late into the night.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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