Watching a glacier calve is the most incredible sight and sound. It’s an art to position yourself so you can catch a glacier as it calves. Once you are positioned you need to keep your camera to your eye to make sure you are ready to catch it. My technique is to get a zodiac in place and pick out the front of a glacier that may calve. Then holding the camera to your eye sweep left and right until it happens. If you wait until you hear it is too late. The noise is like an explosion and the sight is something to behold. This glacier was in the arctic circle in Svalbard.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Greenland is the land of imensity. This image is a good example. This gigantic glacier winding its way down to the sea and a giant iceberg most likely from another glacier in front of it. It seems everywhere you point your camera in Greenland you see images like this.
Day 4 & 5 of the Luminous-Landscape Winter Iceland workshop. Weather changed a bit as to be expected. Extremely high winds came in and that made photography challenging. We haven’t had real good light for sunrises or sunsets the past few morning but we are out there anyway. With the kind of lighting we were challenged with went withB&W for a number of today’s photos. We are here until next Thursday and have waterfalls on today’s agenda. More coming. A number of clients on this trip have been with me before on workshops. Always good to see and photograph with friends.
Have you ever been under a glacier? I have and it is scary and cool at the same time. One of the best places to explore ice cave is in Iceland in the winter. Ice caves are the space between a bottom of the glacier and the earth the glacier is moving on. In the summer time there is usually a massive amount of water running through these caves from melt off but in the winter everything is frozen and as a result, you can explore these caves (carefully of course). The best way to see these ice caves is with a guide who knows the caves and where it is safe and not safe. This image was made in a cave where you had to crawl in many places. I loved this giant ice pillar. This image was shot with a Phase One camera and the exposure was several minutes. It is very dark in these caves and only a small amount of light filters through the glacier itself. I highly recommend this experience but only if you are not claustrophobic.
On my trip this past summer to Svalbard I was amazed at a lot of things. The wildlife always had my attention, but the ice and incredible landscapes had my focus. All during the trip I saw huge glaciers, wide open ice packs, and like in the image an amazing amount of melt off running off these glacier at an amazing large volume. This image I find to be stunning as there is so much depth and detail.
My first trip to the Northern Polar region was a lot better than I expected. In addition to some great wildlife images I was able to capture, I managed to shoot some really nice landscapes. This is shot was made from our ship of a very large glacier in Svalbard.
I saw this while we were cruising in Zodiacs along a face of a glacier in Svalbard, Norway. This shows sediments that over the ages has seeped into the glacier. I loved the stark contrast.
This shot was made in Svalbard Norway on my recent Arctic Adventure. we were cruising this bay where a few glaciers were ending. Also, we were searching for Polar Bears. When we cruised by tis piece of ice in our Zodiacs, I had to ask the driver to go around a time or two. I finally saw the image in my viewfinder and fired away. I think I captured the essence of the iceberg as well as the big glacier behind it with the kind of light that we were experiencing at the moment. I really like this one.
This is a shot from far away showing the from of the ice cover (ice Pack) on an Island of Svalbard. This is massive and goes all the way to the horizon. Look closely (click to enlarge) and see all the waterfalls coming off of the ice. Quite an amazing experience to see this.