Iceland: Jökulsárlón, Part 5 of 8.

The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and ice beach isn’t far from the ice caves.  I think we were there 3 or 4 times, at night, in the morning and in the late afternoon.  I’ve seen phenomenal images of this lagoon with the light from spectacular aurora pooling over the ice. We had neither aurora, sunrise or sunset, only moody cloudy skies.  I sometimes (don’t tell anyone) get sick of the ubiquitous images of bright pink sunrises and sunsets.  There are 24-hours in every day and it seems almost ludicrous that we photographers designate only 3 or 4 of them as “good light.”  My glacier lagoon and ice beach shots are somber: dark and moody.  The sand is black and the light we had sometimes felt purple. Long exposures, good waves and thoughtful composition made magical images for me here.  I wouldn’t trade them for a pink sunset (unless you paid me to go back for just that sort of thing!).

This image was made on the beach side of the lagoon.  It is a long expanse of smooth black sand.  In the winter, it is littered with large and small chunks of ice.  The trick is to find the perfect combination of ice, and to use a long enough exposure, to get those pretty trails of milky water as the tide flows back out to sea.

This image was made at the lagoon itself. I think this chunk of ice captivated me because it seemed like a raft.  Many of the ice chunks start to look like things - shark, dolphins, mushroom caps.  It's a bit like cloud-watching.