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Icy Dawn 1

By ghibby  
Shot in Iceland where I have been for the past 10 days or so. This is beautiful glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón on the south east coast of the island. The lake only formed due to the retreating glacier in the late 1930’s. I got up before sunrise and drove 75km or so to see this place for the first time. The weather was just perfect for this location, calm and little misty with quite soft and cool blue tinged light beginning to emerge. The reflections were perfect across the lagoon. This was among the earliest images I exposed here and the light was at its best around this time. The icebergs were so varied in colour from deep turquoise and blue to pure white and sediment saturated black. Some were the size of your hand while others were as large as cathedrals. This has to be one of the most spectacular places I have ever visited and certainly one of the most memorable dawn’s I have photographed. This was shot from the shore of the lake. These particular icebergs were a fair way from the shore where the lake is very deep with a bed is of dark stone and sediment, the early light has made this look almost like a black mirror.

Not much work to process these images, the scene was not very contrasty so very easy to shoot, no filters required. The RAW file needed some work on the curves and black level to bring out the colours and form of the ice as they looked very flat on screen compared to the scene in front of my eyes. The saturation has not been boosted but I have boosted the vibrancy to level 9 to make the ice stand out and give the image some real bite. . I have also applied a 1.5 stop ND grad in camera raw to the sky the balance the image.

Exposure 1/6 sec @ F10 ISO 100 and 65mm focal length.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

Voters: FredF, Kai, markharrop and 24 more

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LV426 12 7 4 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 1:06PM
Iceland is such a strange and beautiful place.
Great picture.
FredF 14 1 France
23 Sep 2009 1:07PM
Superb landscape.

markharrop 17 191 England
23 Sep 2009 1:11PM
Fantastic shot, and gets me more excited. I am going to Iceland next year for a couple of weeks.
Thanks for the upload.
Jodes 15 2
23 Sep 2009 1:12PM
Sezz 16 619 15 England
23 Sep 2009 1:16PM
Really beautiful, lovely colours in the ice!

LesF 14 182 9
23 Sep 2009 1:27PM
A beauty

tumienis 16 2 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 1:43PM
Great capture! I have been in Iceland last July this year. It was my best trip in my life! I keep uploading images from many different places and I still got plenty. Jorkulsarlon was very beautiful at night but during the day time it was too bright, no clouds like here...

shandoor 12 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 1:46PM
Beautiful image with superb colours and a wonderful reflection love it
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
23 Sep 2009 1:49PM
Everything has fallen together perfectly here-- Your expert judgement in choice of exposure, time of day , etc. has made a first rate image!

oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 1:50PM
gorgeous blues Smile
LivW 14 England
1 Oct 2009 11:39AM
Beautiful photo Ben, I'm looking forward to more Iceland shots in the near future. The (almost) colourless sky and lake set the blues of the ice off really well and the tranquility of the photo is captivating. Great shot.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
22 Feb 2012 12:40AM
This is a wonderful scene and I appreciate all of the commentary that you included.

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