It was overcast and steadily raining when we first arrived at Jökulsárlón. From memory, this image was taken while it was overcast and raining. However, when I was uploading this image I was surprised to see the shutter speed was 1/1000 sec at ISO 200, f6.3.
We took a trip across the lake to the glacier while it was still raining. I didn't take my camera on the boat. That was a mistake. In Iceland the weather can change in 5 to 10 minutes. The sun came out when we arrived at the face of the glacier.
"Jökulsárlón (literally "glacial river lagoon") is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiđamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 metres (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland."
"The lake can be seen from Highway 1 between Höfn and Skaftafell. It appears as "a ghostly procession of luminous blue icebergs".
Jökulsárlón has been a setting for four Hollywood movies: A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Tomb Raider and Batman Begins, as well as the "reality TV" series Amazing Race."
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willperrett (9027) 2014-06-07 2:42
What a productive trip you had to Iceland! This is another lovely image: predominantly grey, as you say the weather wasn't clement, but with that lifting splash of colour from the people on the RIB. Not to mention the beguiling blue-greens from the ice.
snunney (92642) 2014-06-07 3:07
Always a bit dodgy taking the camera out in the rain, but you never know when it might change. Here, the grey sky and surroundings have worked to your advantage putting the emphasis on the focal point the boat and the men in their high vis clothing. A simple minimalist composition but a most effective one.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-07 3:19
Wow! what an experience. This is so amazing and an almost other worldly scene. Dramatic and at the same time beautiful in its own way. Awesome in the true sense of the word.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
annjackman (21402) 2014-06-07 3:31
The weather conditions suit this picture with the blue tinges of the ice lovely against the grey. The bright orange and yellow clothing is an essential part of the composition giving both colour and FG interest.
Excellent - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-07 3:52
This is a beautiful image, Trevor. I like the crisp cold feeling that comes out of it as well as the amazing luminosity despite the greyish wall of clouds. The stunning colour of the icebergs fills this monochrome landscape amazingly. The boat anchors the view perfectly and gives scale to the place. I like how the orange jacket and yellow caps stand out nicely in this icy scene. Thanks for sharing this great experience.
Have a nice weekend.
fabbs99 (17129) 2014-06-08 22:58
Fantastic shot of the boat sailing towards the glacier.Very well done.Keep sharing.
delpeoples (56084) 2014-06-12 4:43
Wow what a shot. Something you see once in a lifetime. The icy blue and grey tones are wonderful and the stunning blues in the icebergs blow me away. The boat makes a sensational contrast and gives us a sense of scale. Did you see much evidence of climate change here?
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (3112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-26
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-07 2:19