On our trip last week to Iceland we chartered a helicopter. Iceland from the air is a whole other world. We were able to open the door and the pilot did a great job getting us to the good locations. I think he has done this before. One of the things that becomes obvious quickly is the abstract of the landscape. This is a shot done of a river delta and the muddy waters. without a reference you wouldn’t know what you were looking at. Made with the Nikon D800E with a 24-70mm lens at 1600th of a sec.
I must apologize. No excuses, but I was super busy for the last few months on Luminous-LAndscape business. I literally was running out of hours in a day. So, I am now back and will do my best to get back to the routine of an image a day. Please accept my apologies for the long absence.
I’ll kick off the new images with a shot from last week when I was in Iceland leading workshop. It was a great workshop with some great people. The light lasted 24 hours a day and it was non-stop photography. One morning we woke up and it was grey and cloudy but none the less we headed to the Iceberg Lagoon to shoot sunrise. As it is with Iceland weather the whole grey sky changed in the 10 minute drive there. The clouds started to part and beautiful gold sun started to peak through. This is the shot of an iceberg with the sun common up. Oh my do I love Iceland. Made with a Nikon D800e and a 70-200mm lens.
I enjoy photographing in Olympic National Park a lot. There is so much to shoot there. This image was made at the 2nd Beach location. It’s a short walk through the woods that dumps you onto this wonderful beach. Hang around for sunset and you’ll be treated to something special. This is an image made with a Phase One IQ160 with an ALPA camera. I did one exposure then processed it out at 2 stops over and under plus normal. It was the taken into PhotoMatix and tone mapped. What this does is recover the detail in highlights and shadows and then blends them together. A bit surreal and real at the same time.
Last night I did a talk and demo at the Rivera Camera Club in Indianapolis. At these types of talks I like to take an image and work it to different levels. This is an image that was rotated and enhanced using a variety of techniques. Kind of goes with my current these of Architectual Abstracts.
Another lighthouse in Isle Of Skye. I exposed for the highlights or the lighthouse in this case. There were very dark clouds in the background so it was a dramatic look. Shot on the Fuji X-T1 with 55-200mm zoom.
The trip Scotland has been so much fun. If you ever travel to Isle Of Skye, bring good boots, waterproof pants and a good waterproof out shell. There are not to many places you can have wind, rain, rainbows and sun all at the same time. You need to be ready for the changing environment. This is a lighthouse that takes a while to reach by car but is really cool to shoot. I decided to turn the image into Black and White as the scene hardly had any color in it. This was shot with the Fuji X-T1 which I was using for the trip to write a story on. In this shot I really like the balance of the sea to the land and the contrast of the shot.
What a great week in Scotland. Sorry there haven’t been more posts but the internet was so slow there was no way to post anything. I’m in Amsterdam now doing an overnight before heading back to the US. Scotland through everything it had at us from wind and rain to blue skies and sun. This is the second of my biblical images I made on the trip. Done with an ALPA And Phase One IQ260. The light was unreal. We had rainbows too. I’ll post those shots in the coming days. For now please enjoy this.