Iceberg, Jökulsárlón, Breiðamerkursandur, Iceland
I enjoy working a subject until I eventually discover what I deem to be the best possible composition. That usually happens after Ive taken several exposures, getting to know my subject, so to speak. At Jökulsárlón, I literally created my opportunity. As I wandered along the shore, I spotted a tiny (36 kilograms/80 or so pounds, by my estimation) iceberg adrift in shallow water. It looked to be crystal clear with an interesting shape, so I retrieved it and propped it up with some rocks. I then proceeded to take a series of photographs, moving ever closer to the icebergs polished surface. Under glacial compression the lowest layers of ice become the hardest and clearest. This ice is hundreds of years old if not thousands.