Albert Zabin  

Fox Glacier by Albert Zabin

August 2019 - Fox Glacier

About the Image(s)

Taken atop the Fox Glacier in the South Island of New Zealand. I didn’t hike there. I went up in a helicopter to greet sunrise on the glacier. Taken with a Nikon 800, Nikon 24-120 zoom at a wide-angle focal length App. 25-28 mm f16. Developed in Luminary’s 3. Before converting to B&W I increased contrast and darkened the blue sky, increased contrast using black, white, shadow sliders, increased contract selectively in the shadows and cropped out some extraneous rocks.

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7 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi Albert,

An absolutely wonderful image, it leaves me both breathless and jealous. The clouds, the mountains, the light, the shadows - absolutely everything about this image works for me. Anything else I can say would be taking coals to Newcastle.

Thank you so much for a truly wonderful image Albert.

PS - I don't care how you got up there - thanks for going and for sharing :-)   Posted: 08/06/2019 18:28:40

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
This reminds me of an Ansel Adams image, Albert. The blacks are stunning and the lines of the glacier take me eye to the peak. your focus is very sharp which I know can be tough in a helicopter. The beautiful clouds make the image for me. Well done on a wonderful image   Posted: 08/07/2019 15:41:42

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Albert - I lovely landscape! The detail in the snow/ice is amazing! It cries out to the viewer 'I bet you want to come here!'

We went there 12 years ago, but chose to do a half-day hike up the glacier - in typical NZ way, the fee included crampons etc! I guess you were allowed to walk around a bit after the helicopter flight.   Posted: 08/10/2019 12:01:44

Don Crow   Don Crow
I like this Albert, I guess I'm a little jealous! I would love to go there. Our oldest son teaches at Monash University in Melbourne so maybe some day. I agree withe Jen, It is very Ansel Adams like.
great shot
  Posted: 08/12/2019 15:09:44

John Erve   John Erve
This is a good choice for a monochrome with a good range of tones from white to black. I like how the composition draws me into the large glacier and that I can see the textures of the snow and ice. I think by cropping out the left-most smaller mountain you might have a tighter composition and make the glacier more prominent. There are a few things that I see in the sky that are likely artifacts, or, reflections that could be easily removed.
  Posted: 08/12/2019 16:12:31

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
The tones are rich and almost glow. Well done conversion.   Posted: 08/13/2019 18:27:57

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Not much to add, Albert, from the other comments. I agree it is the detail in the snow that makes this, combined with the beautiful wind blown clouds and sky. It feels like it needs to be flipped, but maybe that is from looking at so many images like this in the northern hemisphere ;) Nice.   Posted: 08/13/2019 21:04:59