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Lens: 55-300 PLM Camera: K=70 Photo Location: Cape Spear, Newfoundland ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/4000s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: jgnfld, 05-08-2017, 06:25 PM

While hiking a bergy bit was following me down the coast for several kilometers on the East Coast Trail at pretty close to hiking speed as wind and current were working together. Above water size say of several containers. Trail tracks in and around hillocks on the tundra above the ocean. Ice was obviously ready to roll/break. Kept taking pictures and even some video which I almost never do hoping to catch the roll. Went behind hillock here...



Came out to next view and all I could do was swear. Missed the roll and breakup by perhaps 30 seconds or a minute.


Damn.

Damn. Damn. Damn.

Temps right at 0C, winds off the ocean and ice pack which was visible out to sea, 100% humidity with some mist.

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There's no way to know when a berg is going to roll or break up. You could have stayed by that one all day with nothing happening. It's early in iceberg season. This just means you are meant to shoot a more spectacular 10,000 year old icy leviathan. A trip to Bonavista in a week or two could open up a lot of photo opportunities. Keep shooting.
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There's no way to know when a berg is going to roll or break up. You could have stayed by that one all day with nothing happening. It's early in iceberg season. This just means you are meant to shoot a more spectacular 10,000 year old icy leviathan. A trip to Bonavista in a week or two could open up a lot of photo opportunities. Keep shooting.
Yeah...unfortunately, as you know, the winds and current yesterday combined and so this one was moving fairly fast as well so couldn't just stay in one location and shoot. Went from just below the lighthouse to just above the base of North Head where it rolled at a good walking clip...2 knots or so.

Liftin is in a couple of weeks, so if the winds fill Conception Bay with bergs like they did a few years ago (but more on the western side this time) there may be an opportunity by water. I stand well off, BTW and use tele! (Seen idiots not do that.)

Say the word if you want to have a day on the bay, sometime, and do not have a boat of your own. You never know what you'll see. Got the following clip with a cheap Lumix P&S a few years ago off the bluff in Holyrood Arm...


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It's tough to catch a berg rolling over and it is a spectacular sight especially on a ship. We kept well away from Icebergs like the one you missed rolling over as it is more dangerous in it's current state as a growler to a boat or ship than it was just before. The ice that is now under the water is rock hard and hidden from sight and can sink a boat if hit

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... The ice that is now under the water is rock hard and hidden from sight and can sink a boat if hit
Yeah. One of the OCEANEX container ships that serves here--the Connaigra--recently stove in its underwater bulbous bow on a bergy bit.

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Yeah. One of the OCEANEX container ships that serves here--the Connaigra--recently stove in its underwater bulbous bow on a bergy bit.
Ouch, that's the no claims bonus knackered.
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Ouch, that's the no claims bonus knackered.
Well, it was the bulgy bitů
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I guess the Captain was wishing that the local Distillery had captured that bergy bit and used the 10,000 year old water to make for their Vodka.

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Well, it was the bulgy bitů
Will still require some fast talking when explaining to the boss.
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