Obscured by Clouds

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Iceland / Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Photo Log / Photography


January 27, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland

What was the photographer ruminating on while creating such an image — made of two different treatments of one shot combined with part of another shot? What might he think? It could be a question of two ages:

Would JMW Turner have liked Pink Floyd?

Discuss. I’m verklempt.

PS: Not looking good for Northern Lights tonight. Kp Index is 1.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Frank says

    I have no idea where one element ends and another/others begin–nor do I care. The result is greater than the sum of its parts. Beautiful!

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    • I didn’t, but just so long as you don’t tell anybody the mountain on the right came from a separate image and the extremely light part of the cloud in the right center came from a different processing of the main image.


  2. The combination of the smooth swells, jagged land form, and amorphous clouds is marvelous. It took two enlargements and some pondering for me to decide between snow field and ocean swell, but in the end I decided on ocean.

    Beyond that, I was quite taken with the cloudy figure at the right, pointing toward the land. Might that be Thor, indicating his next target for a little lightning and thunder?

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    • Thank you very much. The entire image is intended to be amorphous and ambiguous. I was reminded of some of the Turner’s later “unfinished“ works. If Constable was the muse on the horizon shot a few posts ago, Turner was the muse on this one. And yes, very definitely: Thor is on the move over that glacier.


  3. Such a beautiful yet subtle photograph. I enjoy how it takes me to that spot and makes me want to pause and watch the scene for a while. Really shows Mother Nature’s absolute power over the mountains, and in extension, us as well. Also love the Pink Floyd references!

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  4. Setting aside the question of Pink Floyd and Turner, and how verklempt you might be, I just think it’s a cracking image, as a Brit might say. I like what’s ogin on in the clouds and the fact that the bit of land is barely visible.

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  5. The pink that you floyd about is a striking part of what would generally be stormy and foreboding. But that bit of color adds a brightness to this that is initially unexpected. I think I do see Turner floating in that sky.
    It was a good choice of times to have visited Iceland. Now is horrible from all reports.

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    • Thank you. The colors that mother nature dished out were perfect. Turner was definitely looking over my shoulder as I was trying to post processing. But I believe he presented the scene in the first place. The weather was awful the first few days we were there. By the time we got to the lagoon it had mellowed out.

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