White, Gray, and Black Lagoon

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


January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland

As we returned to our hotel and eatery after a morning shoot, she and I gaped gasping at the gray glory of the sky. While the others ducked into their warm and dry rooms, we got as close as we could to the edge of a sharp slope that ended at the edge of a partially frozen lagoon. Not wanting to take the time open my camera bag and put a lens on my DSLR, I’d reached into my packet and pulled out the MiniCam™. The sandbar delineating the edge of the North Atlantic was about a kilometer away. The low tide exposed a sweep of black sand. It was quiet.

We didn’t notice the light rain. We didn’t feel the insistent breeze. We ignored the growing hunger in our bellies. We were deep in the thrall of the ever-changing clouds.

It’s hard to pick out a favorite here. This is one. Despite its monochrome appearance, it’s a color photograph. Matter of fact, I increased both vibrance and saturation in post processing. There are subtle tones that would otherwise be lost.

Lunch was especially good that day.

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at www.amagaphoto.com All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. I agree, a stunning scene, and your description sets the scene perfectly. And since Steve S. hasn’t mentioned this yet, “thrall” is perfect for an Icelandic world, it’s an Old Norse term.

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  2. Who needs lunch when nature beckons in this way? Everyone else missed out. Superb processing, Mike. Nature is beautiful in so many ways and you certainly caught one of them here. I am sure your stomach grumblings were happy to wait their turn.

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  3. I think I made my comment disappear, rats. Anyway, ‘lunch was especially good that day’ really summed it up for me. I get it! And I’m glad you entered into the weather. I love the light and the sense of warm and cool tones.

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