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The Fantastic thing about Iceland, Greenland and a Crusing Captain’s Recommendation


Hong Kong photographer Celia Cheng took a visit to Iceland and Greenland to expertise a brand new spark of life. Appreciating the pictures of landscapes taken around the globe by Cheng, many individuals consider her as a panorama photographer. She prefers to explain herself as a photographer who shoots “life.”

“Life can embody landscapes, folks, and animals. When taking pictures of Antarctic penguins or the Nice Migration in East Africa, these are the emotions of vitality. Later, I wish to take extra humane pictures.” Throughout her go to to Iceland and Greenland, she photographed Icelandic birds (puffins) and Icelandic horses, each of which introduced out a sense of curiosity and vitality in her.

Cheng captured a cute puffin on the cliff’s edge whereas photographing in Iceland. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

Photographing Plenty of Scenes with Vitality

Whereas photographing puffin, she defined the scenario: “I climbed a cliff in Iceland, waited patiently on the sting of the cliff, watched for puffin to seem, and when one arrived, I needed to maintain my breath and press the shutter rapidly. When the wind was sturdy, I wanted to face agency or kneel to maintain my physique steady.”

Holding a virtually 2kg digital camera, along with a 500mm telephoto lens, Celia looked for puffin, and on occasion, she had to concentrate to the atmosphere round her and seize different scenes whereas taking good care of her personal security.

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A photograph of puffins in Iceland taken by Celia Cheng. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

“A puffin had caught a number of small sardines in its mouth; it landed on the rock and appeared round earlier than consuming its catch. I questioned if he’s searching for a girlfriend to share his meals along with her? Celia seized the chance to press the shutter to seize the attention-grabbing second. Seeing two different puffins on the cliff, she captured the second one puffin took to the air; she continued to shoot and was reluctant to go away.

Though the climate was very chilly, and it was a bit dangerous on the fringe of a cliff, the capturing expertise was extraordinarily pleasing. It was well worth the effort and hazard as she did not wish to miss seeing the colorful, cute faces of the little birds.

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A gaggle of Icelandic horses with riders is crossing the Icelandic highlands. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

One other attention-grabbing expertise was seeing Icelandic horses. They’re a breed that arrived with the Viking settlers to the island over 1,000 years in the past; they’re small, virtually pony dimension however have tailored to the cruel climate on the island. Icelandic horses are one of many purest breeds with out genetic additions from different horses. Icelandic regulation doesn’t permit the importation of horses, and if an Icelandic horse leaves the island, it won’t be allowed to return.

She joined a gaggle of Icelandic horses to cross the highlands; She not solely photographed the vitality of the working horses but additionally captured the nice and cozy affection of two horses snuggling up to one another.

“I believe photographers must be alert each second to seize the wonder. Horses not solely have an impressive aspect but additionally present affection, which is price recording.”

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Icelandic horses snuggling as much as each other. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

Cheng described her journey to Iceland and Greenland as “Ichi-go ichi-e,” a Japanese idiom which means one time, one assembly. “Journey images is ‘Ichi-go ichi-e’ that you need to cherish each minute and second. I like to make use of these Japanese phrases very a lot as a result of each second is a novel second. As an example, the second your boat passes the ice floe, the angle of the glacier within the digital camera, or the clouds and fog within the distance, the surroundings encountered at every second is completely different,” stated Cheng.

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Cheng meets an Icelandic horse. She believes each shot is an “ichi-go ichi-e” so she cherishes each alternative to go on her images journey. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

A 20-minute firework show is held each August at Jokulsarlon Glacier, at Iceland’s ice floe lake, on the east of the island. She needed to seize the chance to seize that splendid second. The fleeting fireworks in opposition to the ice floe make the entire image heat and exquisite.

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Celia Cheng captured a photograph of the annual firework celebration over Jokulsarlon Lake in Iceland. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)
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Cheng takes a flight from Iceland to Greenland. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

The 70-year-old Greenland Captain Was Nonetheless Sharp and Persevering

In Greenland, Cheng organized a week-long boat journey to go to the ice packs and ice floes, one thing she would always remember.

Greenland is called the “Masterpiece from Heaven.” She took many pictures of ice floes and different marvelous surroundings.

In the course of the boat journey alongside the east coast of Greenland, the 70-year-old captain sparked Cheng’s soul to seek for the which means of life and her profession.

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Celia met a captain on the way in which to the Greenland Highway. On the age of 70, he was nonetheless trying sharp. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

One other expertise that made Cheng’s journey to Greenland memorable was listening to the captain’s story. “I used to be shocked and impressed when the captain of my boat stated he was about 70 years outdated.

Age doesn’t matter in the case of a career. You may proceed doing what you’re keen on so long as your physique is functioning and you’ve got the identical ardour.”

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A sailboat on the Greenland Sea. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

One other one that remained in Cheng’s reminiscence was the chef on her voyage. “Her complete household of hers loves cooking. She informed me that she had cherished the ocean since childhood. She would exit on a yacht along with her mates from her. After that, she started working as a ship chef, which she enjoys doing.”

Aside from taking within the spectacular surroundings, Cheng recalled her dialog with the chef throughout her journey; the time she spent chatting with everybody was a easy pleasure. To Cheng, perseverance and persistence in a job or challenge are invaluable marks of fine character.

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Celia went to Greenland significantly to {photograph} sea ice. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

Due to the pandemic, her summer season journey was delayed. Nonetheless, the journey company organized two boats on this journey to make up for lacking the meant summer season vacationers. Every ship carried six passengers, and Cheng managed to get a spot on considered one of them.

Cheng identified that the ship took her to abandoned locations she couldn’t normally go. “My images normally focuses on glaciers, sea ice, or alpine scenes. The boat allowed me to take pictures I couldn’t have taken in any other case.”

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A big glacier in Greenland. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

Earlier than her journey to Iceland and Greenland, Celia encountered an accident at a pal’s house on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in June. She headed to the emergency room as she had fractured her left arm. The break was in a troublesome place close to her shoulder and couldn’t be put in plaster. She may solely use a triangular bandage to restrain it. Nonetheless, she did count on it to heal by the point she arrived in Iceland. Her house accident didn’t cease her from shifting ahead with the long-haul journey, regardless of a damaged arm. She insisted on ending the entire journey.

“Many mates realized about my damaged arm and questioned if I might cancel my three-month journey to Europe. I didn’t overthink it. I informed them I might not cancel the journey so long as I may click on that shutter!”

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Celia encountered an accident at house on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in June. She headed to the emergency room as she had fractured her left arm at house. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)

Within the interview with the Epoch Occasions, Cheng smiled, raised her damaged left arm in entrance of the digital camera, and stated, “Though I can not completely increase my arm, it has already healed from 80 to 90 p.c. Don’t fret!”

Cheng didn’t whine concerning the agony and checked out this from one other perspective, “Some folks may suppose that is so dejecting and ask, ‘Why am I the one to get harm?’ However I believed, luckily, it’s my left hand that’s unusable, and my proper hand can do many issues, like urgent the shutter of the digital camera and sending textual content messages. This house accident may have been extra critical. I am glad that I did not hit my head, neck, waist, or ft, however simply needed to endure the ache in my left arm. I believe we are able to suppose positively or negatively about many issues. I’m glad that I selected the optimistic aspect.”

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A photograph of Cheng’s X-ray of her fracture. (Courtesy of Celia Cheng)
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