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13 Comments | Report
Mike Blacknell
 
Mike Blacknell January 09, 2016
Superb image and composition Natasha
NatashaHaggard PRO+
NatashaHaggard January 11, 2016
Thanks!
MomentsByMelody
 
MomentsByMelody January 09, 2016
Amazing photo!!!
melissarosskinard PRO
 
melissarosskinard January 18, 2016
Strong image!Welcome to Viewbug!
jenschultz
 
jenschultz January 18, 2016
Gorgeous photo.
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka April 05, 2016
Congratulations.
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NatashaHaggard April 05, 2016
Thanks!
MikeW PRO
 
MikeW August 27, 2016
Congratulations fellow finalist! Your shot is simply beautiful!
sarahchristine_2216
 
sarahchristine_2216 September 27, 2016
Fantastic!
cecilialemos
 
cecilialemos November 01, 2016
Belíssima imagem, parabéns
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion January 30, 2017
great shot
httppluto
 
httppluto April 03, 2017
Stunning!!
SamGorski
 
SamGorski June 17, 2017
amazing!
artyfartylens
 
artyfartylens September 25, 2017
Amazing shot!
davidrivette
 
davidrivette March 09, 2018
Gorgeous Photo!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at the black sand beach also know as Ice Beach of Jökulsárlón Lagoon, on Iceland's southern coast. The glacial ice feeding into the lagoon melts and breaks off in an infinite variety of blocks and shapes, glistening like diamonds which drift out into the ocean and capture both the light and imagination in an awe inspiring way. Whilst this is fast becoming an iconic spot for landscape photographers, the magic about the Ice Beach is that no two photos will be the same and the possibilities for creativity are endless.
Time
This photo was taken 5 December 2015 around 8am. Being winter and close to the arctic this afforded me a bit of a sleep-in. Something most landscapers generally have to sacrifice to get that perfect shot.
Lighting
Getting to the beach just before sunrise ensures having the time to set up the shot and find your favourite ice bergs and compositions. Because I am shooting into the sun I used a LEE graduated ND filter. To get the misty effect of the water, shutter speed is set to 1.3 sec. It's all about the timing in taking these shots to get a nice pattern of the white waves in contrast to the black sand.
Equipment
To get the most creative shots you need to stand very close to the ice with a wide angle lens on a tripod and allow the waves to crash over. So this means getting up close and personal and in the Ocean!! Armed with waterproof shoes, gaters and pants and a firm grip on my gear, I stood patiently hovering over the ice waiting for that perfect wave and the breakthrough of the sunrise over the horizon.
Inspiration
I first visited Iceland in September 2010 just before it was becoming a famous destination for landscape photographers. That was in the autumn and I just knew that I had to come back here again in the winter time to capture Ice and the Aurora. Back then, even though I visited Jökulsárlón, I didn't know at the time about this beach just across the road. I could spend days and days here at a time as the possibilities are endless.
Editing
I developed this photo in Lightroom. I cropped it, because I like that 'panorama' feel. I then adjusted the white balance and pulled back on the 'Black" slider to bring out contrast between the white waves and the black sand. I played around with the tints to bring out the sunrise in all its glory. Also very important is to do the lens correction adjustment so the photo doesn't have that barrel distortion.
In my camera bag
A Minolta girl since my grandfather introduced me to photography in the 90's, I now have a Sony 7R because I like to travel light. A Really Right Stuff TVC-24 carbon fiber tripod and the BH-40 Ball Head. Lenses include: FE 16-35mm F4 ZA; FE 21mm F1.4 Rokinon (my fav for photographing the milkyway); FE 24-70mm F4 ZA; FE 70-200mm F4 ZA. I also have a 200-400mm F5.6-6.4 Tamron circa 1997 which still goes like a champ on my set! I have a set of LEE filters but I actually prefer my screw on B&W filters. You can never have too many filters! I also stock up on disposable shower caps every hotel visit, they make great rain-covers for your gear.
Feedback
Patience, patience patience! In the six days I had on this trip I visited this place 3 times. Make sure you have good weather proof gear so you can stand in the waves. But! Keep an eye on the ocean at all times, those waves are killers and you could loose your gear, or worse, yourself! Invest in the best tripod you can afford, buy once, buy well. Nothing worse than perfect composition ruined by blurriness and this capture will test the limits. Don't forget to give your tripod a good bath afterwards, that sand gets everywhere :o)

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