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Heart of Ice

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 30 October 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


I am still posting photos taken during our trip to Iceland in July/July. Since returning we have been quite busy with some renovations at home. I hope you are not yet bored with Iceland as I have few more photos to post before scouring through my archives for other photos that have remained dormant since the trip.

This place needs no introduction if you have been following my posts. It is of course Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. It is a perfect place for grand scenic photos as well as for close-ups of icebergs and for intimate landscape images. In fact what I enjoyed most about it was the opportunity to study the icebergs in the quiet hours of summer nights to look for interesting shapes and forms.

On this night, the light was amazingly soft and diffused by low hanging clouds and a bit of fog. It allowed to fully appreciate the details of ice bits floating in the lagoon. While it presented very low contrast scenery, that worked well to uncover everything that was hiding in the shadows and allowed me to work with single exposures, which is my preferred way.

I like the effect of smaller icebergs moving around during the 30 second exposure. It creates a panning effect as though the main iceberg was actually moving and I was following it my my camera. It also hints at its size and weight. It remained perfectly still even when I shot a four minute exposure straight after this photo.

I did not take too many images at the lagoon. However, I did take a lot of time for contemplation and gave careful thought before picking my compositions. As a result, I am very pleased with the kind of photos I brought back from Jokulsarlon this year.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 105 mm

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