Mark Holbrook  

GLACIER BAY by Mark Holbrook

November 2023 - GLACIER BAY

About the Image(s)

This is a photo taken at Glacier Bay in the panhandle of Alaska. It was taken September 15 of this year at F/22, 1/750 sec, ISO 3200. The lens was a Canon RF800 hence the F/22 and that is why I shot at ISO 3200.

Post processing began with Auto, but includes a slight adjustment of dehazing and clarity. It was smoothed reducing texture a bit. I don’t think you can tell looking at the photo, but the termini of the glacier, above the waterline, is actually about 300 feet. I was so lucky with this shot, because the weather had been low clouds and rain for three days until we turned the corner sailing toward the glacier when the clouds parted and the sun shone brightly.

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6 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Mark, a great example of how serendipity is often the maker of a great photograph. So often we read about photographers who persistently return again and again to a place, waiting for the perfect preconceived conditions until they get "the shot" - sometimes after years of trying. Then there is your image. While persistence is admirable and comes with its own satisfaction, for me anyway, being in the right place, at the right time by happenstance, makes getting "the shot" all the more magical.

It's a stunning capture, well composed and well edited. The multiple layers of light, shadow and texture combine to make this image successful. I particularly like the dome-shaped "hat" at the top of the peak. Nicely done!   Posted: 11/06/2023 10:09:23

Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
The tonal range and the balance make it an Ansel Adams picture like. Interestingly enough the edges on both sides are very dark and becoming white towards the center. Nicely done Mark

  Posted: 11/07/2023 07:45:04

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Simply a breathtaking scene!

Well composed and exposed!

I like that you explained the use of ISO3200: thus allowing enough light for the very small F/22 aperture ... helping to maintain a fast shutter speed. Well done!!   Posted: 11/07/2023 08:05:08

Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
That's a massive glacier. In 2014 I did a cruise up the Inside Passage and one of the highlights was anchoring in Glacier Bay and watching the glacier calve. So I can really appreciate this image. Black and white is a good choice in this environment bringing out the tones, contrasts and mood.   Posted: 11/09/2023 03:06:58

Mark Holbrook
Thank you all for your comments. This may be my favorite capture of the year for me. I also liked the color version nearly as much.   Posted: 11/26/2023 11:41:04
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Don Chen   Don Chen
stunning shot! gorgeous landscape. I love the b/w version a lot more, great tonality and high contrast makes the image jump at me vividly, I felt very tiny ;)   Posted: 11/26/2023 20:13:11