Jokulsarlon Bay

Perhaps nothing instills a sense of otherness in the visitor to Iceland than glaciers.  To drive along on a fine summer day and come across a swath of ice a mile across is incredible.  Jokulsarlon, a bay  connecting the Atlantic ocean to the tongue of a glacier inland, is teeming with icebergs. The scene is uncannily quiet, save for the eerie rumbles, squeaks and splashes of the ice as it calves from the main glacier Vatnajokull. The color of the ice varies, but the day I visited, most was a vibrant blue. Most of the icebergs are bobbing and drifting very gently, in a way that is hard to comprehend for objects that big. The motion, however subtle, made HDR sets hard to shoot. In the couple of shots that worked, however, the super-reality and detail that the process adds really made the ice pop.





4 responses

  1. Wow that is an incredible photo! As you say, something of this scale is very hard to capture, but you have done it well here.

    July 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    • tabularasa88

      Thank you! There were so many shots that didn’t come out well, I was happy to get this one.

      July 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  2. I realized suddenly that part of what i find so enchanting about this shot is how much the reflection of the iceberg seems so unrelated to the berg itself.

    July 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    • tabularasa88

      That’s the M A G I C of HDR, my friend.

      July 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

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