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    Iceland – Glacier Lagoon

    My photoblog is alive! It’s been 8 months since my last post, a consequence of having a baby who loves to take every free minute of my time, so I was chomping at the bit to get out and take some photos. A trip to Iceland was the perfect opportunity to brush off the photographic rust, visit some amazing and unique sites, and put my new Nikon D600 through its paces. I came back with over 5000 photos, which is absurd for a 7 day trip. Some of that was due to extensive bracketing, but mostly I was just excited to get my finger on the shutter button again.

    Over the next several weeks, as I sift through and process the photos, I’ll be posting about various sites I visited along the southern portion of Iceland. Included in this are some great aurora shots that make me want to toss my previous aurora pictures in the trash. But those will take a while longer…

    First up, photos from the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, where the glacier Vatnajökull calves icebergs that slowly drift out to the Atlantic ocean. It’s a photographers dream, although I struggled to find focus: tight shots of icebergs? The mountains in the back? The vastness of the lagoon? The lightning wasn’t very good on either day, either, but there wasn’t much I could do about that. My favorite shots are two that contain people (the best is above), without which the scale of the icebergs is not apparent.

    I took hundreds of photos over 2 days – once on the way to Höfn (cloudy), once on the way back (sunny) – and didn’t come away with more than a small handful I enjoyed. Although the more I look at it, the first photo at top I’m pretty happy with.

    Gallery of 15 photos here.

    The second photo in that gallery contains people on the hill, and you may have to click to make it larger and see them. The photo might be a bit dark, and I should probably brighten it up. But it was a cloudy day, imposing a somber mood on the bay; I think the photo captures that.

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