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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? ;-)
The white foam is adding the luminosity to the ice.
It is a bizarre effect however after witnessing it myself I can say it does happen. Another note is that only some of the ice is crystal clear with most of it being a frosted blue that does not glow.
The centered piece is an exception being one of the clear ones.
I have shots where the ice is clipping the whites and the foam is a few levels behind.
WOW, just amazing images Iurie! I was going to suggest what plateaulight explained above about the foam adding luminescence to the ice, but it was just a theory. Nice to know that plateaulight (and of course, you) have seen it. Makes sense to me.
Thanks for sharing, and inspiring me to try to get to that corner of the world some day. What part of Iceland/Greenland is the Swan from? Can you find ice beaches like that many paces, or does it only happen in specific spots?