Posted on 17 Feb ’10 by Earl
This photo was made from a point not far from yesterdays photo but looking in a different direction — north vs. southeast. This is Mendenhall Glacier located in Mendenhall Valley about 12 miles north of Juneau, AK. Since 1958 this glacier has receded 1.75 miles (2.82km) and with average temperatures currently increasing it’s a trend which may continue. Mendenhall Lake created by the glaciers retreat now sits at the glacier terminus. Large glaciers may one day need to be on an “endangered species” list.
This was again shot through a curved helicopter canopy with all the distortions and reflections involved. Luckily it was noisy and everyone on board had on headsets so they didn’t have to listen to the near non-stop clicking of my D300 shutter. Otherwise, they might have tossed me out.
I was working this photo in color but couldn’t find a combination which pleased me. Reaching a point of frustration, I decided to convert it to B&W with CS4 and Nik Silver Efex. B&W seems to work much better for this image.