Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA  

Last Light at Glacier Lagoon by Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

February 2021 - Last Light at Glacier Lagoon

February 2021 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA


February 2021 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

Iceland in the winter is a wonderful experience! One of my favorite locations is the Glacier Lagoon which collects the bergs breaking off Jökulsárlón Glacier before the tide carries the ice into the ocean. I have photographed it in bright sunny daylight (the worst time), overcast, night (trying to get Northern Lights reflections) , but my favorite is sunset. There are so many different configurations of the constantly changing ice and lighting. Although I really like the improved color version, I thought that I would try a mono version to experiment (and won a award in the camera club with it). My objective with the monochrome version was to use dodge and burn techniques to improve the lighting and emphasis of the ice. The out of camera image was not very interesting, so I first improved it by using exposure, contrast, sharpening and saturation to make an improved color version inside of Lightroom. I then converted the improved color version to monochrome in Light Room with the standard profile, again using HSL to improve the B&W image. On the improved B&W version, I used different exposure settings on multiple adjustment brushes to paint on the image to alter the emphasis of the light. I was tempted to try Silver Efex Pro, but I like the results from LR. Any suggestions?

Captured with Canon 7D and Tamron 18-270mm zoom at 18mm. Settings 1/320 sec at f/10 and ISO 400 mounted on a tripod.

3 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks for the reminder to boost colors and contrast before BW conversion.   Posted: 02/10/2021 11:35:58

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I really like your original 2 image and prefer it slightly over your mono conversion. I have no suggestions for improving either image.   Posted: 02/19/2021 06:40:41

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
It's a magical place and you've captured it well. I have no suggestions.   Posted: 02/20/2021 16:22:55


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