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Purely Elemental

By JamesAppleton  
Sunset - the final ebb and flow of colour across the sky above Jokulsarlon - the Iceberg lagoon. I'd been waiting three days for some colour and light in the sky, and finally got it - not the best, but enough to work with. I composed with elemental purity in mind - nothing but water and air, and the fire in it.

Three minutes of exposure produced a wonderful result - the cool blues of the ice really lit up with the dying light and long shutter speed. The sky and a few lazy icebergs conveyed the sense of quiet movement, and I was pleased with this final result.



Tags: Sunset Landscape Colour Ice Frozen Fire Water Iceland Long exposure Drama Movement Iceberg Landscape and travel Jokulsarlon

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rgarrigus 10 25 7 England
22 Sep 2008 5:27PM
Wonderful image from my favourite place in the world. Worth the time and effort for sure.


Bob G.

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Well it paid off mate.. great colours and detail
well done
22 Sep 2008 5:35PM
Wonderful image Smile
NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 5:38PM
poetic and beautiful
Richsr 10 91 223 England
22 Sep 2008 5:38PM
Like the tones in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
22 Sep 2008 5:40PM
Fantastic shot !
rossi 14 142 11 England
22 Sep 2008 5:42PM
Simply amazing image

Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 5:44PM
Wonderful colours and mood in. Bet it looks great printed really large.

JamesAppleton 9 38 6 England
22 Sep 2008 5:45PM
Thanks all - glad it's getting views! Bob - you're right - as frustrating as this location is - there are always shots to be had - it's just a matter of waiting. You should know - having got perhaps the ultimate shot of the place...ever!!


alifink 10 6 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 6:06PM
Love this. Iv'e been here in the day, not quite as spectacular as this! Makes me want to repeat the visit......
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
22 Sep 2008 6:08PM
so worth your time... it is stunning
JamesAppleton 9 38 6 England
22 Sep 2008 6:29PM
Dawn - thankyou!!
BrokenAir 9 20 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 7:38PM
wow beautiful, lovely calm and bluey feel ^_^
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 7:59PM
Stunning - enough said!!


Chris C
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
22 Sep 2008 8:24PM
conrad 13 10.9k 116
22 Sep 2008 8:27PM
This is beautiful. Deserves an RC. So have one... Smile
JamesAppleton 9 38 6 England
22 Sep 2008 8:49PM
Landlord 10 25 1 Scotland
22 Sep 2008 9:35PM
Outrageously good.

JamesAppleton 9 38 6 England
22 Sep 2008 9:38PM
Phil, Chris, Dawn - thankyou - it means so much to get positive feedback on personal work.


SimPick 12 545 2 Azerbaijan
22 Sep 2008 10:25PM
Absolutely amazing. Simply gorgeous.
PaulHolloway 10 18 3 Scotland
22 Sep 2008 10:42PM
Gorgeous colours here James, especially like the luminous quality of the ice.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
25 Sep 2008 8:39AM
have missed a few just catching up. well worth the wait james, really gorgeous, the blues work so well with the ice and pink in the sky
JamesBurns 9 1.3k 7
25 Sep 2008 9:48AM
I've been popping back to your p/f since I saw your Iceland shots, and I was wondering if you had any of Jokulsarlon... I'm glad to not be disappointed.

I was there last year - I drove through the night (and an awesomely frightening blizzard) from Reykjavik to get there. Nothing as good as this, but great to have the memories brought back...
scotty99 11 124
7 Oct 2008 10:25PM
I see lots of landscapes on here, this is truly outstanding, well worth the 3 day wait for the sky!
Mjhearne 10 432 4 Scotland
10 Dec 2008 12:03PM
Just stunning!!!!!!!

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