Ian Cambourne  

Franz Josef Glacier by Ian Cambourne

May 2020 - Franz Josef Glacier

May 2020 - Ian Cambourne


About the Image(s)

In this time of covid19, like the rest of the world, we are all in lock down and really only able to go back through our archives. Yes, I could submit something from the last 2 years, but this month I have chosen to go back to 2011 and just share 2 photos taken on a self drive tour my wife & I did back then. Taken on the west coast of the south island of our neighboring nation New Zealand. A two night stop over at Franz Josef Glacier. During the walking tour on this glacier we were wearing spikes strapped to our shoes and climbing/walking/exploring on a very uneven ice rink. Accordingly I was just too chicken to take an slr, so I opted for a Fuji compact camera. The main image was taken when we were approaching the glacier after getting off the bus, and we still walked for about 15 minutes from where this was taken before we got to the glacier's face. The image submitted as the original is another image taken from somewhere while we were making our way up the first portion. I chose these 2 images just to share the size of this glacier. Down here in Australia, we simply just have nothing like this to be seen anywhere.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I guess this is cold month for images. Both you, Peter, and Janos have "frozen images". I have only been to Iceland to see the glaciers and even at that went in the warm months. I don't blame you for not taking your SLR, don't think I would have risked it either.

I wonder how this would look in Black and White? I suspect it would lose a bit given the aqua hue of the glaciers and that deep green of the moss. The composition is very nice with leading lines into the frames. I might consider touching up that one spot 1/3 of the way in on the top from the left ...it draws my attention away from that leading line.   Posted: 05/09/2020 12:40:37
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Thank you for your thoughts Sherry. Yes I considered B&W, but I just love the blue and grey in the ice. The shear size of this glacier just blew me away.   Posted: 05/12/2020 05:07:56
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Totally understand about the overwhelming size. I have one shot in Iceland that has a road leading up to the glacier with a car on it and it is almost incomprehensible. I also felt that way about the Alps....you never knew where to look first!   Posted: 05/12/2020 13:09:47

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
(Group 76)
Ian - Having been to some glaciers in Alaska, I can appreciate the beauty and size of this one. Your ability and sense of adventure to climb on them goes far beyond mine. I really like the aqua/blue tones which suggest the cold that goes with glaciers. The ridges do bring the viewer's eye right into the image. The composition is good. I don't think the same impact could be made with B&W. Re: size, they are immense, so some sense of size could have been made if only there were a tree or person there, but one can only wish sometimes.   Posted: 05/12/2020 06:42:59

Nock Wong   Nock Wong
Ian, I love this photo. The composition, exposure level, DOF and the sharpness in the image are perfect. Great work!   Posted: 05/13/2020 10:38:35

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful capture. You must be using telephoto lens to take this photo? The composition and DOF are very good, and I can see the scale of the glacier. The blue color of the glacier is also beautiful.   Posted: 05/17/2020 23:34:08

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Very nice! It looks a bit frightening, coming tons of ice towards you. Sharpness, DOF, everything fine. The only thing you might think about is to get rid of the white, overexposed strip in the left upper corner.   Posted: 05/18/2020 02:22:10

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
It must have been a hoot to be walking on a glacier with crampons - had a few experiences in Alaska and the Sierras on glaciers and ice - a different kind of walking.

I like how the image goes up towards the left and it is way cool. Not sure there is enough tonality to make a B&W that wold work but fun to try. I might crop the top a tad to take out the cloud in the center top and the bright part top left.

What a great shot to show the expanse   Posted: 05/21/2020 15:36:28