Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber

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Cool Horse

Icelandic Horse...Damn cool!

Icelandic horses are some of the toughest and nicest horses in the world.  They just have life all figured out.  Strong and sturdy yet sort of small.  They have these long manes that just blow in the wind and great strong eyes that penetrate you and catch you.  They remind me of rock stars, long hair blowing in the wind and they just know they are bad ass.  I shot this in color on a Phase One P65+ then turned it into BW on the iPad.

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Icelandic Hot Spring

Hot Spring - Iceland

Todays image was done in Iceland.  My guide Daniel Bergman and I went for a drive to some place way out in the middle of no where.  There was this huge area of geothermal springs.  Bubbling holes in the ground with steam and hot water.  Really hot water.  Some holes were smaller like this one.  wonderful colors were surrounding these prints caused by minerals rising out of the ground.  I have some great shots of this area.

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Whale Tale

Whale Tale - Antarctica

Every one takes them and I have tons of them.  Each whale tale is special.  It’s an amazing thing to see in person just as a breach is or even when they become very friendly and come within feet of you and poke their heads out of the water.  I love whales and I am amazed and puzzled by them.  This shot was made in Antarctica where I have had some of my best whaling shots.  I played with contrast and a few other things to boost the impact of this image.

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Peeling Paint

Peeling Paint

I have always been intrigued by decay, rust and peeling paint.  I see these things as work of art especially when you isolate them and move in close.  This shot is of peeling paint that was coming off in large pieces.  It had dimension, texture and it makes you stop and look.  I worked this image on the iPad using Snapspeed.

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Messed Up Train

Messed Up Train Car

Time to change from B&W images to some wow color.  Today’s image was made on some abandoned trains not to far from where I live.   I have been shooting these for several years now.  They are parked on a siding off the road and pretty well hidden and they deteriorate further on every trip I make there.  Actually pretty creepy.  You are missing the smell that goes along with these images.  To shoot this properly I had to shoot three exposures and HDR them together.  Then I took them into iPad and used Snapseeed and PhotoForge to make the final image.  Kind of surreal, which it is.

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Iceland Iceberg Beach

Icebergs On The Beach - Iceland

In honor of some of my friends who are now touring in Iceland I present one of my Iceland shots – icebergs on the beach.  This beach is truly an amazing place.  Icebergs wash out to sea from  Jokulsarlon Lagoon and then when the tide switches around they wash up on the beach where the crashing waves begin to erode them to these beautiful diamond like Icebergs.  The beach is littered with them for a very long distance.  Quite the site to see and photograph.  It’s different every day.  So to Harry, Teri, Einir and others – have a great time there.

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Chicago Dawn

Chicago Skyline at dawn

Good morning!  On PODAS workshops you can count on rising early to shoot the special light of dawn.  This shot was done a little over a week ago while we waited for a sunrise to illuminate the Chicago skyline.  It’s a pretty nice shot in color but I thought BW added some drama to it.  This was shot from the Shed aquarium area.   Good place to catch to city skyline.


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Circular Stairway, HIlton - Reykjavik, Iceland

I love circular staircases.  The perspective and how they fade away and repeat patterns has always intrigued me.  Today’s shot was made at the Hilton in Iceland.  I was sitting in the bar and there was this giant staircase that was more or less a circular one.  I played with a number of shots and settled on this one. Enhanced it a bit on my iPad.

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Organ Grinder

Organ Grinder, Cologne, Germany

In my travels I love to wander the streets and see what can be found.  This is called street photography.  This shot was taken in Cologne Germany of a man in a public square grinding an organ.  I couldn’t resist.  Originally shot on a Leica M8 and then on my iPad I played with it a bit.  Hope you are staying cool.  It is so hot out that it is hard to breathe.  If this breaks there will be some major storms.  Might be some good photography too.

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Another Hot Day In Indy – Cool Day In The Forrest

Waterfall - Olympic National Park, Washington

I am trying to think of the right adjective to describe just how hot it is in Indy, so insert your own.  It’s XXXXXXX HOT!.  I don’t do good in heat above 80 degrees.  Maybe why I like colder climates like Antarctica and the mountains so much.  It looks like we are in for record-breaking hots days for the for the next week.  Air conditioners can’t even keep up.  So, I thought we should venture into the woods and view some cool waterfalls for today.  This image was shot in Olympic National Park and it just feels cool.  I feel better when I look at it, hope you do too.

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Back To Rust

Rust - Antarctica

Here is a real simple shot made in Antarctica.  I haven’t posted any rust shots for a while and thought today would be a good day to bring you rust.  This was a cover of a tank hatch at a whaling station in Antarctica.  I took some creative liberties with in on Snapseed  on the iPad.  I like it!

I am home now and major catch up mode after weeks on the road.  Adventures took me form Ireland to China and then to Chicago.  Great stuff, great PODAS workshops, super nice new friends.  But, it is always good to be home.  I have a few small trips in the next few weeks before heading to the Palouse for a major PODAS workshop there.  Also, we launched a new workshop yesterday in the UK with Miss Anelia and Drew Gardner.  Check it out!


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