VIDEO: Brooks Faculty Ralph Clevenger Shares the Story Behind Iconic Iceberg Image

January 3, 2013 General, Photography 2 Comments

iceberg image by Ralph Clevenger

You’ve likely seen the image above somewhere before – an amazing shot of what appears to be a small iceberg whose immense true size is revealed underwater.

The concept the unique image depicts – “what you see is not always what you get” – is universal, which has helped the photo  net an amazing $900,000+ in stock photography licensing fees since it was created back in 1999.

The secret? It’s not real.

The image is actually a composite of four different photos, taken by Brooks Professional Photography instructor Ralph Clevenger. The top iceberg was done in Antarctica; the bottom iceberg was shot in Alaska (and was taken above the water). The sky and water shots are from California.

For the details on the story of how this image was created and why it’s garnered so much success, listen to the story from Ralph Clevenger himself in the video below. You can also get the scoop on upcoming photography workshops Ralph is leading to Alaska and Prince William Sound.


Pernilla January 08, 2013 at 09:34 AM

Love that shot Ralph! Remember when you put it together!

Kara Taussig January 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM

Love this video. Thanks for sharing!

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