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Jewel on the Black Sand Beach by San Yuan

November 2020 - Jewel on the Black Sand Beach

About the Image(s)

The Black Sand Beach near the town of Jokulsarlon in the southern coast of Iceland is famous for the icebergs that are broken off from the melting glacier and get washed ashore onto the beach on a windy day. I have visited the place twice. The last time when I was there in Feb of this year right before the Pandemic lockdown, there was not one iceberg on the beach. But there were plenty when I first visited there during the fall of 2016. Capturing this image is actually tougher than I thought. The waves crashing onto the shore would move these small pieces of icebergs ever so slightly. In order to create the flow of these waves by using slow shutter speed, between 1/3 to 3/4 of a second, the subject matter can also get blurred. My pants were soaked after spending more than 2 hours on the beach in order to get this shot. Fortunately, the weather was cooperating with nice color on the western sky. Technical details: Sony 7R2, 16mm, F/16, 1/4 sec.

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8 comments posted

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
This bit of glacier remained stationary for you and dominates the image. Might there be more blue to coax out of it? The incoming wave is the supporting element that creates the diagonal lines, encircles the bergy bit, and brings energy and dynamism to the scene. The repeating patterns of wave tracks and variations in their tones enhance the visual flow. There is an orderliness to the scene which draws our eye as we study the contrasts in lines, tones, colors, light. Combined with the sky and color palette an atmosphere of peace and calm prevails. Well done. No one said it would be easy; something worth having is worth the effort.   Posted: 11/11/2020 09:39:43

San Yuan   San Yuan
Thank you, Judy, for your very insightful comments. It would have been nice to have a blue iceberg contrasting to the warmer color in the sky. But in general, blue color seen in icebergs is due to the absorbed light spectrum that is subtracted from the sun. This tiny piece of the 'iceberg' would not have the density nor mass to do such. Among other images that I took that day, there were pieces that had that bluish quality. But the composition and color of the sky in these images were not as strong as the one that I submitted.   Posted: 11/11/2020 10:40:36

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very dramatic use of a wide angle low down and close to your subject. Nice choice of setting. Wonderful dept of field expected at f/16 and a wide angle.
Wonderful capture
I can feel the water on my legs. Hope that the water was not freezing cold!
Were you by Vik? Another issue with these black beaches it that one could sink in this volcanic "sand"   Posted: 11/15/2020 15:56:00

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Image is chock full of motion both in sea and sky. The viewer is affixed to and riding upon the ice mass at 100 miles per hour as the sea rushes by on either side, bound for far away and indeterminate destination.   Posted: 11/16/2020 18:43:45

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi San, Thanks for sharing this picture with us. You make me learn where is the Black Sand Beach. Obviously, this is one of exclusive photography spot in Iceland. I saw some art works by Rob Davies in
I really appreciate your time, effort and money to get this image. Awesome work San.   Posted: 11/18/2020 07:00:31

Kathryn Engle
All your effort in getting this shot paid off. I love the results of this. The beautiful colors in the sky and their reflection in the waves. This small iceberg at least stayed stationary long enough for you to get the longer shot.   Posted: 11/18/2020 13:15:15

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi San,

I really like the Ice and the effect of the exposure time on the water. After reading Judy's comment and looking at the web site suggested by Frans I wondered what your shot would look like with an blue analogous color scheme so I pushed every thing to blue and left little magenta in the highlights.

Best wishes,
Todd   Posted: 11/23/2020 16:41:15
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Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Nice consideration Todd. This Blue Hour image to me seems to have more impact, movement and action.   Posted: 11/27/2020 08:49:34