Arctic Mirage (1/3)
Arctic Mirage (2/3)
Arctic Mirage (3/3)
Ice on Fire
Longing / Family
Puffin lives in the north part of northern hemisphere. It is also known as “clown bird” in Iceland because of its red beak and a red spot on its face close to its red beak.
According to a guide book, you shall be able to see them from April till mid September. However, when I got there in mid August, I was only able to find one small colony at Reynisfjara, close to Vik. Puffin usually lives at the edge of cliffs, so the distance between this colony I found and my photo equipment is about 50 yards.
Nearly perfect geometric formation in great mother nature is as rare as next to impossible but in this image there is a reflecting triangle and a full circle. With the mesmerizing blue sky, it’s like a perfectly Photoshopped image. Nonetheless, it is as real as it can be. Sometimes, we just have to believe and accept what our naked eyes are seeing.
Serenity / Mystic
Close to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland, is Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon where this image was taken.
I was kneeling on a Kodiak, a hard rubber motor boat, for the entire 45 minute ride to capture these images. The most amazing thing was that it was raining, drizzling before the tour, and in about 15 minutes into the tour, the sun came out so that I was able get these images right on time.
Is it a floating pinnacle? Is it a moving war vessel? Or, is it an ice mountain? Let your imagination fly because there is no wrong answer and there can’t be any wrong answers. It’s these kind of images that intrigues and inspires us.
Arctic Mirage (1/3, 2/3, 3/3)
Imagine you are looking at smoke rising from either an incense, cigarette or BBQ pork for that matter and then blow it up a million times larger in the mid darkened sky - there you have it, Aurora Borealis.
In the midst of darkened sky; they float, dance and play tricks on our eyes. Imagine you are standing in the middle of nowhere, in an edgeless wilderness and raising your head to observe these nightly spirit, it’s a lifetime experience. Staring at these pure, yet miraculous phenomena in the mid of the night, they could have an insight into one’s soul.
Ice on Fire
Cold, bluish colored iceberg and warm colored fluffy sunset sky - it’s ice and fire in the natural world. Setting the iceberg close up in the foreground to set off the second iceberg as the middle ground, and the sunset paint the background, layer by layer I reveal the mother nature to you.
This image was taken at around 4 o'clock in the morning before dawn so the bright spot is not the sun setting nor the sun rising. It is the moon setting. A touch of Aurora Borealis crosses over the sky with its reflection on the ground and sets off the gigantic solid rock to the side. All three elements exist harmonically to form this visual impact.
This image represents the best interpretation of “at the right place and right time”.
To the right side of the image - the bright spot is the moon rising. To the left side of the image- the bright light is the sun setting.
Use the waterfalls to set up the foreground and as a sight cue to guide yourself into the image - the triangle hill as middle ground to be ready for the grand view and the Aurora Borealis and the moon rising as background to broaden up the horizon - I don’t think I could ask more as a photographer.
2015 - Iceland