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Hi Dan, I can promise you that it looks like that in person! The black sand, the clear ice, of Jokulsarlon ice beach, is otherworldly! Oh and good light helps
So, how is it that the closest chunk of ice pushes luminosity to nearly pure white, when the other chunks of light that are further away have much less luminosity? ;-)
I'm fine with post-processing by the way, and I don't have any issues at all with working to enhance the qualities of a photograph so that they might more strongly evoke the emotional response that you had to the original subject, which also stimulated your other senses through wind and light and temperature and all the rest. It is an interesting and subjective question about how far is right. To my eye what you have done with that foreground ice chunk in the third image, while creating a striking and interesting visual effect, seems to go a bit beyond the point of "believability," both in terms of luminosity level and removal of what was almost certainly a bit of blue or blue green coloration.
And I'm still fascinated by the places where you made these photographs. :-)