Jökulsárlón

My favorite location of all is definitely Jökulsárlón - Icelandic for 'glacier lagoon'. The lagoon is amazing year-round, and offers unparalleled photographic variety. What's more, with Iceland's unpredictable weather, the place can change in appearance in a matter on minutes - a never-ending treat for landscape photographers.

Dawn at Jökulsárlón 2.5sec, f/13, 2.5sec, ISO100, f/13
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, Lee GND and ND filters, Heliopan CPL.
A lineup of beautiful glaciers was right on the lagoon's bank, as if they had decided to join us in watching the magic unravel. The shining moon added an unearthly feeling.

Right by the lagoon lies a pitch-black, volcanic beach, with literally millions of glaciers of all shapes and sizes adorning it, like diamonds on velvet.

Sunrise on glacier beach, Jökulsárlón 2sec, ISO100, f/22
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, Singh-Ray reverse GND and Lee ND filters
The winter sun rises to the south-east because of Iceland's northern location - a huge advantage when shooting southward! The Canon 16-35mm displays one of its most attractive characteristics in this image: a beautiful sun-star created by shooting with a very small aperture.

Here's part of the magic of Iceland. Just a few hours after the sunrise image above was photographed, the sun sets; to the south!

Sunset on glacier beach, Jökulsárlón 3.2sec, f/22, ISO100
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, Singh-Ray reverse GND and Lee ND filters.
As the sun set to the south-west, I got hit by an incredible stroke of luck. It was only when I looked at this image back home, that I realized that the curve of the water's edge fit the contour of the glacier perfectly!

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