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Last Dance

Last Dance
Marek Potoma
8th September, 2010

Photo equipment: Hasselblad H1 80mm Fuji Velvia 50

Near Jokulsarlon, Iceland

The glacial lake of Jokulsarlon is filled by icebergs that slowly move towards the mouth of the lake, flow with the short river into the ocean just few hundreds meters away. During some parts of the day, you can find the black sand beach flooded with all-sized icebergs and their elements thrown out of the sea by tide waters.

This bizarre scenery provides for endless options to shoot everything, from pure art to a document, depending on your taste and free space on cards (some may read this as 'rolls of films left', which limited me). Here, with the lack of any spectacular lighting but with high level of experimental mood, I opted for a simplified approach to most of my compositions. The subject was just asking for it. What pleased me the most in this image is that with a long exposure of almost 4 minutes (and slight overexposure), I employed Velvia to render rich spectrum of soft blue hues and at the same time hoped for a little bit of a motion in icebergs to create some sort of what could be a dreamy seascape. It all came out even better than I have expected, which made me feel for a while that maybe I now dance with materials I'm using in sync with how the music plays...

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