Man and Sea, Ilulissat Fjord, Greenland
Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 70-200mm f4 IS L series lens and Canon 1.4x Extender @ 280mm. Exposure Details: 1/2000 second @ f5.6What an experience. What a thrill. My photo buddy, Joseph San Laureano, and I were nearing the end of a midnight cruise among huge icebergs near the tourist town of Ilulissat in Western Greenland. It was the early hours of the morning and, not far from Illulissat Harbour, I spotted these local fisherman and the flock of gulls following them.
The light was predominantly blue/grey in color, making for a relatively bleak scene. But the warm tinge of light evident in the background and, at a subtle level, in the brighter areas of water are enough to move the photo's palette and, with it us, towards a more hopeful reading of the photo.
The cruise itself was magical, partly because of the majestic scenery and partly because of my keenness to make good images. I arranged special permission that got me access to the ship's rooftop. As the ship moved into relatively open waters my perch became very cold and quite windy. I negated the chill somewhat by lying flat on my tummy. I lasted all but a few minutes photographing from the rooftop and the stern of the ship. As I say an exhilarating experience.
When I did pop downstairs to the undercover lounge I noticed how most of the other paying customers were chatting amongst themselves, hardly noticing the majestic environment around them. It just proves that, to make great photos, you have to put yourself outside of your own comfort zone. And I mean that both literally and figuratively.
I'm very much looking forward to my next visit to Greenland. Its such a huge country and, while largely inaccessible, the areas that are open to visitors are simply amazing. Maybe I'II see you there, somewhere in the wild.
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