7 Tips for the best Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon photographs.
My 7 simple tips to get you the best Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Photographs.
Joksulsurlan Glacier Lagoon is one of those really special places in the world. It can be challenging to photograph it though so here are my top 7 tips on how to capture the best Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon photographs including different types of weather conditions.
With it’s serene beauty, calmness and sheer scale all combine to make Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon one of the most epic views and places in Iceland. The first bit of advice I have for you is if you are there and it’s either too busy or the Icebergs just don’t look right, go away for 30 mins and come back again. It could very well look completely different then.
Tip 1 is a huge one and it’s Weather.
Tip 1 will cover 5 different weather conditions you could encounter when you are here and how to make the most out of them…
A bright clear sky, an overcast sky, Sunrise or sunset with clouds, clear skies with an Aroura display predicted (yes, that was obvious I suppose) or better still in my mind a fairly heavy fog.
Photographing Jokulsarlon Lagoon In Thick Fog.
Thick fog has to be my favourite weather condition for Jokulsarlon, it just helps to isolate the beautiful colours, tones and textures of the icebergs.
A lone iceberg on calm water with a nice reflection and thick fog all combine to give you a naturally minimalistic photograph which in my mind helps to create a stunning photograph.
Photographing Jokulsarlon Lagoon with Blue Skies.
Normally bright blue skies would be considered the death nail of photography but not here… Those bright blue skies with little to no cloud cover at Jokulsarlon Lagoon adds at least three things to your photograph…
Firstly, it gives you a great colour contrast between the iceberg and the sky so it helps to make it pop all the more.
Secondly, it creates this very surreal effect in your mind where you think… Ok blue skies means it’s warm so how is there an Iceberg floating in the water. Always remember yes you know it’s cold but the viewers might not.
Thirdly, Blue skies also mean you have slightly harsh light so you are going to pick up more of that texture in the Iceberg especially if there are darker sections in the ice.
Also check out Tip 2 below if you’re shooting in bright light.
Photographing Jokulsarlon Lagoon With Over Cast Skies.
A great option to give you some moody shots, a good Graduated Neutral Density filter here will help darken the sky and make the details in the clouds pop that bit more. Giving you a very dramatic effect especially if you are shooting Long Exposures.
Photographing Jokulsarlon Lagoon In Sunset or Sunrise.
Yes, this was an obvious one as Golden hour is always the most popular time for photography due to that soft golden light which helps to paint a far more visually pleasing image with its soft romantic lighting. Again a good Graduated Neutral Density filter will come in handy here to help control the bright skies.
Photographing Jokulsarlon Lagoon With The Northern Lights.
Again a fairly obvious one but the northern lights as a background for your image could only make it more epic again. I will be putting up a blog on shooting the Northern Lights fairly soon that will go into a lot more detail on what you need and what setting should work best for you so stay tuned for that one.
Tip 2… Use a Polarising Filter
Use a polarising filter to help reduce glare in the water. Glare can be a major issue when photographing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, especially when the sun is reflecting off the water and ice.
To reduce glare and also enhance colour saturation in your photographs just pop on a polarizing filter but don’t forget to rotate it to get the desired effect.
This filter also helps to eliminate reflections and increase contrast, resulting in clearer and more vibrant photographs so if you want to keep that reflection just remember that.
If you don’t have a Polarising filter then I highly recommend the Formatt Hitech polarising filters and they were kind enough to give me a 10% off discount code for all their products also. Just use the code HAYES10 at checkout to save a nice bit of money.