Kirk’s Secret 2
This is a vertical image from the same place I shot Kirk's Secret. Obviously, that's why I'm calling this "Kirk's Secret 2".
OK, there's a lot of things I do to "get the shot" that I probably shouldn't. This was probably one of them. Having a physique of Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson would've gotten me incredibly wet and hypothermic falling through the ice here, but gratefully, I don't look like the Rock. I'm kinda the exact opposite, actually, and that serves me well when I want to get out on thin ice. I literally heard the ice creaking and cracking as I carefully stepped on the sheet. Just a little bit closer and I could get the shot I wanted... Thankfully, I knew I needed to watch myself and not get too close. I also brought with me a long telephoto lens just for this purpose. It may have been the only time I used it in Iceland, but this one shot made it worth carrying! It's rare to see a waterfall in the winter that is half covered by ice and yet still clear enough to photograph the falling water with a long exposure. I love the texture of this image, the harsh ice crystals surrounded by the soft touch of the flowing water behind. I also love that I didn't fall in, because, that would've been cold!
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