On both of our trips in the recent Svalabrd workshop we visited the Ice Wall of Brasvellbreen. It is hard to describe this location. It is not a Glacier but an ice cap and one of the largest in the world depending on who you ask. The bottom line is it is hundreds of kilometers long and has hundreds of cascading waterfalls and textures. We were fortunate to arrive at this location with the sun sweeping over the face of the ice wall. And this was around midnight. at this time of year there is 24 hours of light in the Arctic. I’ll have more images of this amazing ice wall in the near future.
It’s nice to be back home. I have spent the last three weeks with Peter Cox and Morton Jørgensen cruising the Svalbard area with 2 workshop groups. We were on the prow for wildlife and great landscapes. Overall on both workshops we have a mission accomplished. We had the chance to photograph Polar Bears, Walrus, many birds, whales, glaciers and as in this image above Arctic Fox. The Arctic Fox is a hearty animal having to live in Arctic Conditions for most of the year. For the winter months it is a pure white animal and then in the summer months it sheds it coat and looks pretty much like the image above until late August when it grows its winter coat back. I had the chance to photograph this fox on two occasions in the last few weeks. I have quite a few beautiful images from the few hours spent with this fox and its brother. Look for more soon.
Bryce National PArk is a rather small park but certainly offers up some spectacular sights. As with all National Parks I visit, I love the beauty of them but as a photographer I get frustrated with the clichéd feeling of pictures. Certainly it is great to be able to take a photo from the same location many famous landscape photographers have made their images. So, when I find myself shooting at the locations I do everything I can to get something different. Something that is from a new angle, with a different lens or different lighting. If I can walk away with a different but still recognizable image then I have accomplished part of my mission. This image was made at Bryce but done with a long lens and isolates a certain part of the Hoodoos. Light also played a factor in this image giving the hillside I was shooting a very special glow.
At Luminous-Landscape we just announce a new workshop to explore the Kimberley region of Australia on the Tue North, a magnificent yacht with a a helicopter. We also just release a VIDEO of this amazing location and previous trip. Check out the links. And, please consider joining us for a great adventure.
This is another shot from the Buffalo Water Works. This amazing place has really drawn my creative side to the surface. I have worked these images to give a certain look. Harsh, contrasty, gritty with a heavy feeling. Everything in this building was meant to last 1000 years. You can feel the weight in this shot.
While shooting at Silo City, Buffalo NY, we had the opportunity to shoot some models in the environment there. This is one I did with heavy backlighting. I actually had fun doing this and may start shooting more people as a result. It’s been a while since I have photographed people.
This is an image made inside the Water Works building in Buffalo, NY. It was part of the weekend we were in Buffalo shooting abandoned grain silos. I used a slight HDR enhancement to give it the gritty machine look.
During our filming for a new Landscape Tutorial in Yosemite NP I took a chance and did a pano of a waterfall we were using as part of the video. This is a 8 image stitch. worked pretty damn good.
So, today I have been editing images from the last few days. I keep coming back to the Buffalo water works images and how it was so Steam Punked. when shooting I did 5 exposure with 1 stop differences. Today I did some real HDR images of these images and they are just so cool. Here is one I just finished.
This image is part of the big steam pump that I posted yesterday. This was amazing engineering for the time. Everything was massive and heavy.