It’s taken me just over two years to edit these photos. I was sick for most of 2022 so I don’t really count it, but still. 2 years. These photos have been sitting on my hard drive for 2 years. Anyways, the photos are from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the gloomiest day we had while we were there.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on a Cloudy, Rainy, Moody Day

Icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s right off of Route 1 – you practically drive over it – and right next to Diamond Beach making it an essential stop on any travelers itinerary. If you’re wondering what a glacier lagoon is, it’s where a glacier meets a body of water and icebergs break off of said glacier and make their way to the sea. It’s amazing.

A bright blue Iceberg at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland

This particular glacier lagoon offers plenty of opportunity for hiking. It also has food stalls, a public toilet and plenty of parking. So yeah, stop here on your trip to Iceland.

Anyways, we actually stopped at Jökulsárlón twice on this trip. It was on the way both times, so why not, right? The second time around, it was sunny and nice out so we did a bit of hiking. This first time around it was rainy and cold, so we explored the side of the lake we were parked near.

Shooting in the Rain at Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you know that I love a good, moody, cloudy day. Always have, always will. Unfortunately, I’m not the biggest fan of shooting in the rain. I’ll do it but I won’t like it. This day was no different. It was freezing cold, my hands were numb, and despite being bundled up I was shivering and wet. My camera, however, was protected with both a plastic shopping bag and an umbrella.

Despite being cold and wet, shooting Jökulsárlón while it was raining and gloomy was one hundred percent worth it. I love how these photos turned out.

A Moody Edit for A Moody Day

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland

Again, I love moody, cloudy, gloomy days and I love shooting on moody, cloudy, gloomy days. I also love editing moody photos. I put off editing these for a very long time, because I didn’t think they would turn into anything decent (you should see the RAWs). When I started editing these photos, I wasn’t sure what I wanted the final image to look like. As I started playing round with settings, a look started to emerge. Cool and moody, maybe a bit cinematic. I knew I wanted to keep the blue tones in the icebergs, but I didn’t want them to be neon blue. I took out quite a lot of saturation and a bit of warmth for these, and I’m a little bit in love with how they came out.


Hey there! My name is Leah and I'm a photographer, blogger and wanderer from north Texas. I've been doing photography for nearly a decade now and absolutely love it. My day job is real estate photographer and in my free time you can often find me at a park taking pictures of leaves and flowers. Outside of that my fiance and I love to travel. We spent nine months backpacking through Europe and now spend our free time attempting to plan and going on shorter trips both in the States and abroad.

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