After spending an hour at the abandoned USAF base, we headed further up the Ikateq channel towards the Sermiligao fjord where we intended to turn north and travel to the snout (terminus) of the Knud Rasmussen glacier.
On the way we stopped to photograph some of the more interesting icebergs that had been calved from this glacier and the Karale glacier, which together were the sources of all the icebergs in these channels.
I particularly liked the shape of this 30-35 ft high iceberg (it’s a bit hard to judge how big an iceberg is when there are no other boats around to provide scale) which reminded me of those super cruisers or super cats that you see tied up in marinas in places like Monaco and Miami.
This particular iceberg has a number of water lines, and a very smooth surface, which suggests that much of what is above water now was previously underwater. When chunks of ice break off an iceberg, its centre of gravity changes and it turns in the water – sometimes as much as 180 degrees when a large part separates. Only one ninth of an iceberg is above water, so if a large section breaks off underwater, its shape and form can completely change in a matter of minutes. I saw one large iceberg (over 100 ft high) do a complete somersault in the Sermilik fjord, and it is a truly spectacular sight.
The iceberg pictured here has four distinct waterlines, suggesting that it has changed its form at least that many times since it was calved from one of the glaciers about 20 km to the north.
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trinko (2950) 2007-07-14 9:46
great colors nice wide angle effect with the clouds good subject nice focus it does look like a speedboat!
bostankorkulugu (42002) 2007-07-14 9:54
amazing shot david... so sharp and clear... i cant take my eyes off of that iceberg... the sky and the hills behind it create a magical atmosphere around it, so beautiful, congrats...
all the best
kiks (11749) 2007-07-14 10:18
it is indeed difficult to imagine how big the iceberg is! I like the textures on your image. Very useful note.
rminkow (1556) 2007-07-14 10:27
Great colors, clarity and composition.
claire526 (1267) 2007-07-14 10:29
Amazing shot! Interesting formation there.. both the iceberg and the clouds. Great color, sharpness, light and composition.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-07-14 10:33
beautifull vision with a surprising silouhette. It look like a boat.
The cloudy sky also is beautifull.
AnaFrantz (636) 2007-07-14 13:18
Great picture! Greay image!
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-07-14 14:13
Great image and beautiful colours and clarity!
atus (15838) 2007-07-14 14:44
Yes, you're right, it is not easy to understand the dimensions of this iceberg, without a comparison, but having been in Greenland 7 years ago, I can imagine it for sure. Very well captured shot with perfect light management and nice details, like the patterns on the iceberg.
Nice one! Tfs and best wishes.
corsicastorm (3224) 2007-07-14 15:12
Déjà sans l'iceberg la photo serait jolie mais là vraiment elle sort de l'ordinaire; une forme qui rappelle en effet un navire grande vitesse
PJE (20758) 2007-07-14 18:10
David this super cruiser is really cool to view here. I love the sleek shaped lines here and the wonderful rugged setting. It seems that this rig came up from under the sea to spy on the land before it descends again. Excellent work to say the least. Very eye catching iceberg.
macondo (18595) 2007-07-15 1:30
A really striking image, and some very interesting notes about waterlines, David. The iceberg is very well rendered in the shot, despite the obvious difficulties of exposure with all that whiteness. Great spidery clouds seem to be emanating from the iceberg itself. Excellent work.
Charo (51210) 2007-07-15 4:49
Fantástica toma con gran contraste de colores y estupendas texturas.
partha (14020) 2007-07-15 6:16
Amazing shot. Its quite a rare view and u have represented it beautifully.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-07-15 10:11
Great capture, dear David !
Exellent colours and sharpness. Very well managed the light and framed the picture
Thanks and have a nice week
capthaddock (28790) 2007-07-15 16:13
Hi David - it does indeed look like a pleasure boat, the sharpness (this time) does justice to the ice textures, I also like the way the clouds fan out from the centre.
vincz (19113) 2007-07-16 3:00
Excellent quality picture. i like the blue-green of the sea contrating with the very blue of the sky with the white iceberg in the middle. very well seen.
jafadabret (56501) 2007-07-16 8:10
David, ton super cruiser a beaucoup d'allure et ses lignes sont exceptionnelles à faire mourir d'envie un dessinateur de bateaux.
La nature fait bien les choses, l'homme n'a qu'à les copier.
J'aime aussi ce ciel superbe et la belle lumière.
pierrefonds (56116) 2007-07-16 11:52
A nice photo of the iceberg, of the sea and of the mountains under a beautiful blue sky, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
inuit66 (663) 2007-07-17 1:12
Hi David. I didn't see this one when I sailed the boat trip Sermiligaaq - Knud Rasmussen glacier and the US-base, but I saw a quite similar one in the Sermilik icefjord! Probably not the same, as you would know... This one very nice captured and the lines of the clouds gives fine depth. Very good note. Regards Jens, see you around some time again! :-)
danos (85221) 2007-07-17 1:55
an incredible little iceberg in the Sermiligao fjord.It's a beauty,the razor sharp focus is excellent and I love your composition and choice of POV,as the shape of the iceberg have been captured superbly, wonderful light and brilliant colours, a very well crafted shot,very informative your note too.
kind regards Danos.
yso (4146) 2007-07-17 3:55
Very nice texture, color and shape of the iceberg .. yes like a speedboat ;-) !
Manash (499) 2007-07-18 10:20
Splendid!...I have nothing to say..its goes to my fav..
adores (35721) 2007-07-20 16:05
Fantastic shot!Great composition with this iceberg and the mountains behind. The sky is perfect also. Great work!
pboehringer (770) 2007-07-25 21:59
I'm a lover of exceptional cloud formations. This one here seems like crowning the iceberg and makes a quite special and wonderful composition with the beautifully washed out iceberg. To look all the texture and light refelctions on the surface of that iceberg is quite interesting. I really love this composition a lot.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-07-27 20:41
Now what ???
I used all my stock of words of praise, today.
And I hesitate to use the common stuff...
For, I can use a common stuff for..Well, a common stuff, right ?
Deep bow, dear friend.
Very needed work.
Angshu (55295) 2007-08-03 0:29
The iceberg's shape is peculiar to say the least with the striations created by the waterlines. The texture has a ice creamy appearance, so contrasting with the surroundings. An amazing picture with pristine colours.
sadeik (3268) 2007-08-04 4:52
I can see what attracted you to making this image. The sleek jet like shape of the iceberg is very curious, a sort of Capt Nemo space age submarine. Nicely presented
Didi (56067) 2007-08-10 11:14
It's a new secret Weapon ? :))
Very original Iceberg.
The wind was a good sculptor.
Very attractive composition.
plimrn (21344) 2007-08-31 10:56
Perfect framing, excellent detail and color. I think this is the most graceful iceberg I've seen. HLJ, Pat
vinicio (23415) 2008-03-06 4:48
:) Indeed its shape is quite as a cruise, well seen and done David, compliments, the image is beautiful as this place.
MLINES (12516) 2008-09-22 16:43
Hi David, A well composed photo showing something most of us won't see with our own eyes. The sharpness and colours are good and the notes most interesting. TFS. Murray.
npecanhuk (63604) 2008-09-23 6:37
That's a very nice photograph!
Everything is in the right place, in a very well-thought composition with sky, mountains, iceberg and ocean - the result: such a wonderful, interesting and eye-catching image!
TFS - Congratulations!
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-26
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 9:43
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