Dramatic Glacier Ice from the land of ice and fire


Ice melting on the glacier lagoon. This ice was melting very slowly! The chunk in front of you would take weeks to disappear and during those weeks a lot could happen. It could rain or snow. It could be hit by hurricane force winds or days of sunshine.

This long exposure hopefully conveys the idea of the ice over a period of time. Shooting something like this is not easy. In fact, it is like a lottery. An exposure of around 30 seconds is needed to get that sense of “time” in the clouds. But often pieces of ice like this are prone to movement. Often the movement can’t be seen with the eye, but during a long exposure, it can ruin the shot. This piece was grounded – it wasn’t floating. But even grounded pieces can be lifted by a sudden tidal surge.

Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2013-08-04 02:33:03


Dark Filter: (only if you are shooting during the day)

I recommend circular, screw-on filters for convenience.

Strong Tripod:

I love to get low down for an interesting perspective so quickly adjusting legs are definitely great features to look out for on your tripod. Arrange your tripod so it is heavy. A sturdy tripod is necessary for high end long exposure photography.

Shutter bulb:

Exposures can sometimes be longer than the 30 seconds the camera will allow. Having a Shutter bulb (sometimes called “infra red Shutter release) will allow you to expose as long as your battery pack allows.

Magic cloth – long exposure technique

Magic cloth photography

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Thanks for reading!

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind

Facts about glacier ice

Glaciers cover 10% of the Earth’s total land area.

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