Iceland (2015) / by Kenneth Kao


This is from the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. I am currently standing on one of these iceberg pieces, shooting as low as I can get over the perfectly still, mirror water. This was about a 6 hour drive south from Reykjavik, near sunset. For some reason, glaciers just drift into this lagoon and get stuck here. The water is perfectly clear, and it's wondrous to imagine just how old some of this water is. How untouched. What mysteries might be found in these glaciers.

The scene does have a ton of photographers and tourists here, but I would take photographers over tourists any day. Photographers at least try to stay out of each other's shots.

Handheld, 28mm prime, 125/s, f/13, ISO 64.

If I had to do it again, I probably wouldn't have gone to f/13, especially at 125th of a second, and this dark, it was unnecessary to soften the image by shooting at such narrow aperture. I'd probably frame to the right a little, and take advantage of the line that the ice block provides--but then again, I have no recollection of where I was standing and framing it differently might have put me into the water.