I have been working this week on prepping for several Antarctica trips. One this year, one next year and two in 2015. As I was working I came acorss this image which is one of my favorite shots of icebergs. So enjoy.
One of the coolest places to visit in Antarctica is Deception Bay. You have to go through this narrow channel to get there and you basically go inside what was once a volcano. Now it is a giant bay and years ago whalers used this area as a place to harvest their whale catch. There are stories that there was so much blood from butchering the whales that the whole bay turned red now it is long abandoned, There was a volcanic eruption not too long ago and much is buried. What you can’t bury are these rusted old whale oil tanks. I love rust and including them in this landscape.
There is no experience that comes close to the travels in Antarctica. For example todays image above was made as our expedition ship cruised within 20 feet of a massive iceberg. I just point my camera towards the iceberg and got shots like you see above. Incredible design and you could see where melting and freezing played a part in making htis very unique.
While photographing in Death Valley I visited the Artist Pallet are to shoot sunset. There on the side of the road was this motorcycle guy leaning back on his bike watching the mountains light up in all the magic they do. I went p to take pictures and I started talking to this guy. Turns out he has been cruising the highways for 17 years. everything he owns or needs is packed on the back of this bike. I asked if he would pose for some shots and he was more than cooperative. This is the result of the shot. I did some post work on this image in Photoshop to make it a bit different.
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.
Sometimes if you don’t see the whole you are wondering what you are looking at. I shot this from the top of the alps above a small village of Chamonix. The Alps are incredible and I’ll be shooting some more this fall in the Dolomites, Italy. WHat you are looking at is a side of a mountain loaded with snow. Some of the snow has broken off and some has suited to make a most amazing pattern and design. This is what I would call a dynamic landscape as it is always changing. I might have the only image of this as avalanches and melting or additional snow could have changed its look.
I like posing images which make you do some thinking. So what is this? Answer, a neon sign at the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas. This is a very cool place and should e a must see for any visit to Las Vegas. It’s where all the old signs go when they die.
I have passed this church many times while visiting Iceland. Each time I said to myself I’ll come back and photograph it. Then one day driving buy I saw the birds and the fog and decided it was time to stop and shoot the image. I just love the way this works. Hope you do too.
Ever wonder what the side of a giant 50 foot high iceberg looks like? Well here it is. Traveling in Antarctica we convinced our captain of the boat we were cruising on the get us as close to cool icebergs as he cold. He was more than happy to help us. This is the side of an iceberg and it is just beautiful with the color and things happening. You can see melting, re-freezing and a gorgeous random texture. This was shot from around 50 feet away using a 70-200mm zoom on a Canon 5dII.
Playing is so much in photography. Lots of times I’ll go someplace and try something different. I went to this rodeo a while back and I could have shot it like a Sports Illustrated event, sharp, stop action, or I could do something totally different. So, i decided to shoot the whole thing at slow shutter speeds. I wanted to be able to still define the subject (horses and people) but show the movement in the shot at the same time. I shot a lot of images and some worked and some didn’t. here is one that worked.
I love shooting in citys and I like to do what we photographers would call street photography. I shot this image in Copenhagen walking the streets. I looked into a canal which I was walking along and the light and colors were creating amazing reflections. I took this shot after a Kayaker had just past and the water was still in a ripple effect. Almost like a painting.
One more image from today’s image edit session. While cruising on a Zodiac around the Iceberg Graveyard we happened to spy a leopard seal. Nasty animals. As we cruise by his iceberg island I saw another Iceberg in the distance. I waited for the shot to line up and bang, I got it.