Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Iceberg

Beached Iceberg, Iceland

Beached Iceberg, Iceland

It has been an overcast week in Iceland.  So, I have spent a lot of time working my images into black and white.  Here is a shot made on a beach that is full of icebergs  A very special and surreal place.  I wanted to show the surf and iceberg.  In color it just didn’t have any real definition.  But after I turned it into BW I was able to play with the image until I got the shot above.  I shot this with a Phase One IQ260 and a 240mm lens.


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Another Great Day

Stokksnes area on a windy and dramatic day

Stokksnes area on a windy and dramatic day

Another incredible day. I seem to be coming away each day on this trip to Iceland with at least one keeper a day. Remember I am trying to shoot different. This is a nine image stitched shot done with a Phase One IQ260 and a 55mm LS lens. Converted to BW in Silver eFex 2. Shot in Stokksnes, Iceland


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Glacier Bay

Small Glacier Bay, Iceland

Small Glacier Bay, Iceland

Today was one of those gray days you get sometimes in Iceland.  Cold, and very strange dull light.  In the afternoon though we went to shoot a small glacier bay.  I need to get the name of it but it was not as large as some in Iceland.  I parked myself at the top of this small overlook and shot a bunch of images.  I tried a wide angle and even a long lens.  Then I decided to try an 80mm lens and take 6 images and then stitch them together.  Bingo, I think it worked.  Sometimes when you are out shooting you just have to stay in one place and wait and mess around with things until you nail it.


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It’s Me

Kevin Raber, In Ice Cave, Iceland

Kevin Raber, In Ice Cave, Iceland

I always said I wouldn’t post pictures of flowers, cats and myself.  I am a rule breaker.  Pixel my cat has now graced the blog a few times and now I am going to grace the pages here.  This was shot in the same ice cave as the previous image.  I did it as a self portrait.  Focused set the time and jumped in the shot.  How often will I get a photo of me in an ice cave under a glacier?  I rest my point.

 


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In The Ice Cave

Ice Cave In Iceland - Long Exposure IQ260

Ice Cave In Iceland – Long Exposure IQ260

In addition to the regular PODAS workshops we do we sometimes tag along on some of our instructor workshops and bring along Phase One gear fro attendees to use.  I am presently in Iceland with Daniel BergmanAndy Biggs, and Josh Holka exploring many locations and taking some excellent images.  One of my goals on this trip other than sharing our cameras was to text the NEW IQ 260 in long exposure mode as well as to put the new 240mm lens.  The lens is incredible and I have been pushing the 260 as hard as I can The IQ260 has the capability to do long exposure.  So what better place to take it than deep under a big glacier.  The image above was a 4 minute exposure in essentially a dark chamber under a glacier.  First the experience of crawling around in a glacier is a bit unnerving to say the least.  Then you stumble upon this beautiful icicle that had to be 12  feet in the air.  You set the camera up in darkness, shine your headlamp onto the icicle to focus and try an exposure.  Turns out the exposure was 4 minutes at f-16.  It was amazing to see what the sensor saw that we didn’t.  The bottom part of the image was pulled from shadow area that on initial viewing was all black.  We did a bit of saturation and some highlight recovery.  I think the 240 did a good job.  If I had a bit more time I may have tried a 6-8 minute exposure and tried to pull the histogram a bit more to the right.


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Black Church

Black Church, Iceland

Black Church, Iceland

This is the famous Black Church in Iceland.  Very iconic and everyone that visits Iceland photographs this church.  I tried to do something different.  Using a Phase One camera with a 240mm lens on it I shot from a distance and did 3 exposures and then combined them into a pano.  I used the long lens to compress the background and to give a big feel to the mountains behind the church.


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It Was a Waterfall Day

Frozen Waterfall, Iceland

Frozen Waterfall, Iceland

We moved a bit further North this afternoon and spent sunset at a frozen Waterfall.   This was shot with a Phase ONe IQ260 and  made from 4 images through a 240mm lens.  I am trying to do long lens shots to see Iceland differently when I can.


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Day 1 Iceland

The Hraunfossar Falls

The Hraunfossar Falls

I am off to 10 days of shooting in Iceland in the winter.  Yes there is ice in Iceland.  Our first stop was a set of waterfalls that just come out of the earth.  Very beautiful and quite long.  I have a few keepers from this stop and shoot but this is one of my favorites.  On a trip like this I’ll take thousands of images.   So, I’ll do quick edits while in Iceland and on the trip and I’ll try to post everyday if I have good internet.  So, keep checking back.  I believe this is the Hraunfossar falls.


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I Call This Waiting

Waiting, Bueno Aires

Waiting, Bueno Aires

This image was shot in Buenos Aires and was always a shot I liked.  It was shot in a bad part of the town.  I didn’t know it at the time so I just shot images.  I like the two brothers (I presume) siting on the cub waiting for something.


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Off To Iceland Tomorrow

Waterfall, Iceland

Waterfall, Iceland

I am heading off to Iceland for my fourth trip tomorrow.  This is one of my favorite places to photograph.  As a fine art landscape photographer I know of no place that offers such stunning beauty no mater what season it is.  This trip will be nice as it is the first one where I won’t be going in summer months.  It will be cold, maybe snowy and best of all there will be darkness.  In June and during the summer there is 24 hours of light.  This also means I’ll be able to shoot the northern lights with the NEW Phase One IQ260 camera.  So stay tuned.  I”ll update the blog as often as internet connections allow.  This shot is from one of the many waterfalls that I converted to B&W.  After the many trips I have made there I try to make things look different.

 


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It’s Pixel

Pixel, My Cat at 8 weeks old

Pixel, My Cat at 8 weeks old

This is my cat and as the author of this blog every now and then I take a chance and share something personal.  My cat will e a year old in a little over a month.  This show was made when she was eight weeks old.  Her personality and such were quite evident even then.  Her name is Pixel and she has shown and taught me more about love and living than I would have ever thought possible from a cat.  A very special creature.

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