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An Ice Sunset

Andrew here. If you saw my teaser post on the Iceland trip, you already know we didn’t have the most cooperative weather for photography. To be more specific, we had hurricane and “strong gale force” winds, rain, sleet, snow, and/or hail for a lot of the time. This meant we also had a lot of dim, flat, gray light to work with. The one morning we had some good light was one of the days my camera was completely non-functional (more on that another time), so the few shots I have with anything resembling interesting light tend to stand out for me.

This is the famous glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon in the southeast corner of Iceland. A glacier calves icebergs off into this large body of water, which empties into the sea. The glacier is shrinking rapidly, so the lagoon keeps getting larger. It’s a famous site for photography; you see lots of photos of clear ice on black sand beaches taken near here.

We got there for sunset, which was mostly obscured by heavy clouds but for a brief window when just enough light and color was poking through to get me this scene. Photography frustration aside, I’m happy to say that just being there to see these amazing features is reward enough. That said, I’d be lying if I said I’m not hoping for better light next time…

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Iceland Teaser

Andrew here.  I just got back from a week in Iceland, so take a look back here soon for some observations about gear performance in hurricane force winds, snow and rain in one of the coolest places on earth.  Spoiler alert — My support gear worked impressively well, a piece of my tripod head disappeared into an icy waterfall, and my camera stopped working on Day 2 of 7.  Yep, it was an interesting trip.

I did get some images at least, and I’m working through those now to see if I can salvage a few shots.  This one’s from Gljúfrabúi, the “Hidden Falls” behind Seljalandsfoss in the south of the island.  As with most of the island, it feels like a magical movie set.

More to come.