Showcase: December 2017

Diamond Window By Alex Speijer

“Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. When the chunks of ice flow through the lagoon outlet and enter the sea, some are thrown back at the beach. Temperature and wave action make them melt in crazy ways. This can result in holes in the ice. To create this picture, my front lens element was just centimeters away from the ice. I had to run in as soon as the wave was receding, compose, take a few handheld pictures, then run back up the beach to keep myself and my camera dry.”

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM at 16mm. Exposure: 1/400 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 800.

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Awakening Swans By Carla DeDominicis
Awakening Swans By Carla DeDominicis

“Flocks of whooper swans sleep along the edge of Lake Kussharo, where warm water from volcanic vents bubbles up and provides them a bit of relief from the brutally cold Hokkaido, Japan, winters and the otherwise frozen lake.”

Nikon D800, AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED at 185mm. Exposure: 1/250, ƒ/4, ISO 3200.

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Photo Of The Day By Penny Meyers

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