The final time I visited West Greenland was in 2019 (test the images). It was an exquisite summer season with calm and sunny climate nearly day by day. Due to COVID-19 I didn’t get to go to once more till this yr. And this yr it was totally different. Plenty of rain, wind, clouds and fog. Locals have been saying it was one of many ‘worst’ summers they’ve each skilled within the area. That didn’t make it any much less stunning although. The number of circumstances made it difficult, however undoubtedly fascinating.
For our pictures excursions with Iceland Picture Excursions we’re crusing in our (now fairly well-known) sailboats with crimson sails whereas taking pictures of one another in between the enormous ice bergs. It’s a artistic course of began by my buddies Daniel Kordan and Iurie Belegurschi. And as a lot as I wish to sail round these big icebergs (that I typically name mountains) with our little crimson sail boats, I problem and encourage myself and others to come back dwelling with a wide range of totally different pictures from the world – not simply the crimson sail boats. On this photograph collection I present you an impression of Disko Bay round Ilulissat from this yr through the nearly 4 weeks I spent within the space.
The large ice bergs, Ilulissat – my homebase, the little villages round like Oqaatsut and Iliminaq, the sled canines, the Wales, the little ice particulars, the totally different climate circumstances, and naturally our crimson sail boats.
Each photograph has their very own description with a bit of piece of knowledge.
Please benefit from the collection.
Purple Evening – Crusing all evening within the midnight solar interval the place the solar by no means goes beneath the horizon in July. Vibrant skies all evening. Typically the climate could be very calm which causes stunning reflections.
The Humpback – I at all times get pleasure from seeing the whales within the bay. It took me some time to seek out their favorite spots this yr however finally I discovered that they loved to be at sure places inside the ice fjord. Relying on the tide and present, they’d wait at sure channels and openings within the ice fjord, merely opening their mouths and simply let the present flood all of the krill of their mouths. Lazy, however sensible 🙂
Frozen Mountains – This yr we skilled numerous days with fog and rain. Typically that induced extraordinary circumstances. When the fog opened for temporary moments, the icebergs would rise from the fog. They’d look much more like actual mountains, like this massive pyramid that stayed in the identical place for weeks.
The Excellent View – Think about dwelling on the coast of this space with new icebergs always passing by your view. The ice fjord always strikes and spews ice into the ocean. The surroundings actually modifications day by day, with ice coming and going with the wind and the tide. A magical sight, particularly with the colors of the midnight solar.
The Spaceship – Icebergs come in several shapes, sizes and hues. The underwater half seems to be particularly stunning as its tremendous blue. This one had the form of a spaceship with a bit of pool on prime. We positioned our little crimson sail boats the present the actual scale of it. This photograph was taken with a drone.
In The Mist – Typically we couldn’t even exit of the harbour due to thick fog. However after we did and there can be good sufficient imaginative and prescient to see the primary icebergs and our sailboat, the ambiance was magical. Observe that it was tough to navigate by icebergs and thick fog, so we didn’t enterprise far out of the harbour with these circumstances.
Little Sled Canine – Throughout my time staying in Iulissat I began to know all of the sled canines and their little puppies. In some unspecified time in the future I did my day by day visits they usually began to get comfy with me (each the pups and the mothers) so I might take some good images of them. In Ilulissat there are extra sled canines than individuals dwelling there. They’re used to get round in winter, however in summer season they’re not doing a lot (apart from being a mannequin in my images).
Rising Mountains – Fog clearing revealing the ice fjord behind the harbour, like mountains towering above the clouds.
Blue Magnificence – In Pictures, individuals typically love stunning sunsets and sunrises. However I additionally love the muted tones and darkish skies. They offer the icebergs a extra blue color that could be very pleasing. Additionally, our crimson sail boats actually pop in this sort of climate situation.
Solar Halo – I used to be fortunate to witness a bunch of spectacular solar halos this yr. One thing that I had not seen typically. Whereas spending a number of hours in Oqaatsut, Rodebay, a bit of village with solely about 30 individuals dwelling there, this solar halo coated the sky.
Solar haloes are attributable to skinny cirrus clouds are round 20,000 ft or increased above us. They’re manufactured from tiny, ice crystals. Daylight by the ice crystals causes the sunshine to separate, or be refracted. When at simply the fitting angle, it causes us to see the halo.
Glass Line – Throughout my time on the boat in Greenland I took numerous element pictures with my 100-400 lens. Attention-grabbing traces and little items of ice caught my eye, like this massive wall of ice which had a line going by.
Twin Peaks – An enormous iceberg that we discovered in the course of Disko Bay. I typically seize these by drone to point out the huge scale of it, plus you may see the even larger underwater a part of it.
Ilulissat Layers – This yr I made a decision to take extra images of Ilulissat itself, my homebase for the weeks in West Greenland. Ilulissat has fairly fascinating structure with numerous totally different colors. I particularly favored the layering on this photograph with the lengthy iceberg in entrance and the rows of homes within the background, popping due to the daylight hitting it by the darkish ambiance. Picture was taken from a ship with a protracted lens.
Chasing Ice – I at all times say that there’s magnificence within the little issues. And you actually have to identify them, as a result of it’s straightforward to get overwhelmed by all the large icebergs round you. On this picture which exhibits some very small items of ice within the sea, I noticed some fascinating interplay. It seems to be like a person chasing a girl operating away.
Surprising Gentle – On this explicit evening it regarded just like the sky would simply be coated in clouds. This truly occurred lots this season. However throughout sundown by a tiny opening, the solar confirmed itself casting an exquisite heat glow over the ice. The beauty of the midnight solar is that the solar will simply hover round this space for an hour or 2, so you may get pleasure from that tiny opening within the clouds for a for much longer time than you’d anticipate.
Crusing Subsequent To The Wall – Each time you allow the Ilulissat harbour you’d see the enormous wall of good coming down from the glacier subsequent to it. Regardless that the wall modifications by out the yr, it’s at all times there. Crusing subsequent to it’s at all times very spectacular.
Darkness – Throughout some nights the clouds can be very darkish, however mild would come by from the opposite facet hitting the lonely ice bergs within the ocean.
One other Dimenion – Fog would generally all of the sudden roll in inflicting extraordinarily low visibility. Like crusing in a unique dimension.
Beneath the Floor – Some smaller items of ice would have enormous areas beneath the floor, with spectacular constructions. Particularly with darker skies the elements underneath the ocean would actually come out.
Dwelling subsequent to the Fjord – Dwelling proper subsequent to the ice fjord in Ilulissat is superb with the direct view on the ice. It additionally comes with downsides after all. In summer season, the views are spectacular. However in winter, you gained’t see the solar for a number of months.
Ice Tooth – Attention-grabbing ice constructions photographed with my 100-400 lens. I might at all times attempt to spot these particulars within the big icebergs. They’d typically kind at tie decrease space due to the water affecting it, attributable to wind and tide.
The Excellent Evening – You could be a bit confused once I name sundown ‘evening’. That’s as a result of these sunsets occur round 01:30 AM at evening in July in Greenland. And that’s why they name it ‘Midnight Solar’. And if you get spectacular mild and delightful skies, they will actually final for hours. This was a type of nights. With calm circumstances, reflections and delightful mild that is a type of excellent nights.
Frozen Swan – Icebergs are available in all types of styles and sizes. Right here we see small piece of ice within the foreground that appears like a swan, with a ‘mountain vary’ within the background. Discovering relations between these items of ice is difficult however very rewarding if a shot works out. Additionally think about that this was shot from a transferring boat in fairly darkish circumstances.
Landing – A fowl touching down on an iceberg with a really satisfying texture to it. I might at all times get pleasure from photographing the birds sitting on the fascinating icebergs after we left or entered the harbour.
Ready for Lunch – Spending a while in Oqaatsut Rodebay which is about 2 hours crusing away from Ilulissat I met many sled canines. This one was ready for his afternoon meals. Generally the sled canines are fairly chill. They’re chained and may’t transfer far, and are largely stress-free through the day. In winter, they’re used as sled canines.
The Mountain – This iceberg seems to be like a mountain towering excessive. By placing the crimson sail boat subsequent to it (that’s near 30 meters excessive) it exhibits the actual scale of this scene.
Darkish Reflections – Typically the skies would get very darkish, mixed with an excellent early blue hour (it doesn’t get darker than that in summer season) would trigger for a singular ambiance in Disko Bay. The Icebergs would seem very vibrant in opposition to the darkish sky. And with calm climate they replicate within the calm water, making the images very pleasing.
Golden Contact – The solar coming by a gap within the cloud final minute, giving a golden contact to the panorama. For this shot we positioned our boat in entrance of a bit of piece of ice functioning as ‘a foreground’. This manoeuvre could be very tough to drag of for our captains because the boat must be fairly nonetheless and may’t hit the ice. When a shot like this works out and all the things aligns (the opposite crimson boat additionally must be in excellent place, it’s tremendous rewarding. It requires excellent communication and an excellent crew.
Dwelling in Isolation – You could find this home in Oqaatsut, Rodebay which solely about 30 individuals dwelling there. On prime of that, you may solely attain it by boat. I visited often to eat at their tremendous good H8 restaurant and strolling round photographing the place. It’s actually particular strolling round there and unimaginable that such locations nonetheless exist.
Spiral – An fascinating element on an iceberg. It was most likely induced due to this iceberg initially had a unique place on the water and barely flipped. The sharp edge was attributable to the earlier line and angle of the water.
Colour Spectrum – Homes in Iluissat (and in Greenland usually) have numerous totally different colors. It makes for some very fascinating choices with reference of compositions for pictures.
Purple Peaks – When the refined twilight mild hits the icebergs they appear so soothing. Right here it seems to be such as you’re seeing frozen mountain peaks hit by the final evening.
The Tunnel – This enormous piece of ice had a tunnel by it with a curve. You’ll be able to see the sunshine hitting by it. By positioning our boat subsequent to it you may see the actual scale of the scene.
Golden Waves – intense sundown mild reflecting on calm ripples within the sea. I might shoot these little scenes for ours and attempt to seize very summary images from little sea waves. Very addicting.
Midnight Solar – 3 AM at evening and nonetheless seeing the magical colors of the midnight solar. They will final for a lot of hours when the clouds align.
Monotones – Even when the climate is kind of flat, the ambiance across the ice fjord is at all times very fascinating. The ambiance can flip fairly mono tone, however doesn’t make it any much less stunning.
Scale – The partitions across the ice fjord might be fairly spectacular. The boat with crimson sails is about 30 meters excessive. These partitions might be a lot increased than that!
Sleddog Household – A mom along with her 3 little cubs. I discovered these household in Ilulissat and visited them nearly day by day for two weeks. They obtained fairly comfy with me and the mom didn’t thoughts in any respect. Particularly the center one was tremendous cheeky, and at all times got here to greet me. I felt like I actually bonded with them and took fairly some images of this household all through the weeks.
Towers – It was typically very foggy across the ice fjord which induced some very atmospheric circumstances. On this second, the solar tried to peak by, revealing the silhouettes of among the towers within the background. These towers actually regarded like mountains, however have been simply massive chunks of ice.
Whale Household – I at all times get pleasure from seeing the humpback whales having an excellent time within the ice fjord. Right here you may even see a bit of child swimming with the pack. They have been swimming again & forth round a small a part of the fjord right here consuming krill.
Deep Blue – shortly after the midnight solar season, the skies flip deep blue within the evening. It nonetheless doesn’t get darkish utterly, however it’s like an limitless blue hour. This causes all the things to show deep blue with nice smooth blue mild on all of the ice.
Crusing the Tunnel – Regardless that this massive iceberg has a tunnel, it was not likely attainable to sail by it. And even when it was, that’s manner too harmful. Ice bergs can collapse or flip at any second, and it’s essential to at all times keep a secure distance. We’ve seen many massive items collapse or falling down. These items also can create big waves, which is one other hazard to concentrate on.
Winter Tuscany – It is a shut up of the highest of an iceberg which seems to be prefer it had tracks of a automobile on it. It stroke a chord in my memory of the Tuscany landscapes with grassy hills and tracks in them.
The Lookout – An individual standing on the sting of the cliffs. Lookout out over the spectacular ice fjord proper subsequent to Ilulissat. Sure, you may truly simply stroll there and the views are spectacular simply from the land. Regardless that we sailed more often than not, you may see the wonder proper there from the sting of the village. It’s spectacular.
Ridges – This iceberg had an excellent fascinating texture on it which we used as a foreground to mess around with throughout crusing with our crimson sail boats. Enjoyable little element: Carefully test the highest of the mast. One in all our crew might be seen sitting near the highest!
Winter is Coming – With the reference to Recreation of Thrones, a few of these sceneries across the ice fjord actually seem like they arrive straight out of Fantasy Movies. And despite the fact that they don’t seem to be actual mountains however simply big icebergs, they do seem like it.
I hope you loved this collection of images and felt such as you adopted alongside my journey by Greenland. All images have been taken and chosen throughout a interval of virtually 4 weeks. On my journey I used to be utilizing 3 digicam our bodies to by no means swap lenses: 2x A7RIV, one with the 12-24 GM lens and one with the 100-400 GM lens. 1x Sony A1 with 24-70 GM Mark II. The aerial images have been taken with the DJI Mavic 2 Professional.
Particular because of all of the captains of our ships: Alex, Aslak, Luuk, Ollie & Maarten.
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