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This photograph was taken from the top of the hill in the middle of Tasiilaq (population 1,800), the largest community on the east coast of Greenland, looking over its small port and across its picturesque bay which is called Kong Oscars Havn (which is Danish for King Oscar’s Harbour).

The empty shipping containers stacked down by the wharf are waiting for the arrival of the first supply ship of the year, which was due two days after this photograph was taken.

Tasiilaq receives supply ships only between the end of June and the end of September, because for the rest of the year the pack ice is too thick for ships to reach the port.

When we were in Tasiilaq, as there had been no supply ships for nine months, the shelves of the two small supermarkets were mostly bare, and there were no fresh fruits or vegetables. There was nothing to drink except tap water (or instant coffee and tea of course) but both supermarkets still had plenty of ice creams in stock (maybe they are not big sellers in the winter!)

I have not increased the saturation in this photograph. This was taken in the late afternoon using a polarising filter, and I’ve done no PP except sharpening. As anyone who has photographed Greenland knows, on a sunny day the light is so good (because the sun is always relatively low in the sky) and the air is so clear, a polarising filter is all you need to bring out the ‘natural’ saturation of the colours.

Without a polarising filter, you do lose a lot of the natural saturation. For comparison purposes I’ve posted to the Workshop here a shot looking down one of Tasiilaq’s streets that I took one morning when walking back to our guesthouse after breakfast. That was taken with a little Sony Cybershot (without a polarising filter of course) and you can see the difference. If I’d taken that shot with a polarising filter it would have made a great main post, but I didn’t have my Nikon with me at that time (oh how I wish someone would make a lightweight P&S with filters!).

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