Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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Chapel On The Hill

Chapel On The Hill, Tuscany, Italy

Chapel On The Hill, Tuscany, Italy

There is no questions the Tuscany landscape is a photographers dream. As good as it is though it is a challenge to shoot as so much of the landscape is far away and there is little foreground subjects to aid in composition. So, when shooting you need to look at things different. In this case I let the sky be dominant and it then draws you to the subject matter which id the chapel on the hill as some otto the other buildings. I also let the clouds above the chapel anchor the eye to the bottom 1/3⅓ f the image. Shot with a Phase One IQ260 and 240mm lens.


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Barrel Room

Barrel Room, Abandoned Farm House, Tuscany, Italy

Barrel Room, Abandoned Farm House, Tuscany, Italy

While shooting a sunrise in Tuscany we stumbled onto an abandoned farm house.  It was wonderful exploring it and I did come out with some nice images.  This is an image of a room where I believe barrels were made.  It was just about complete darkness.  I used a Phase One IQ260 that is great for long exposures.  the exposure was a long one and yielded a surreal image.  I hope you like it.


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Off On Another Adventure

The Phase One gear I am taking on this trip

The Phase One gear I am taking on this trip

I leave tomorrow for another adventure   This time to Kimberley, Austrailia where I will be hosting 30 plus photographers on the True North cruise ship to do a photographic expedition into this amazing part of the world.  Read about what we have planned by CLICKING HERE.   Of course preparing for a trip like this takes lots of planning not to mention high end gear.  Read about what is my bag at the LUMINOUS-LANDCAPE web site.  Once I return I’ll have a ton of images to share.  In the mean time please keep visiting.  I’ll set posting up to be done automatically for a while.


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Sunset Again In Tuscany

Sunset With Houses. Tuscany, Italy

Sunset With Houses. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany landscapes have building in them.  Stone elegant buildings.  You actually figure  ways to use these building in your images.  This is a shot done at sunset where the buildings do a lot to make the image.  All I can say are the sunsets are so colorful and the light just begs to be photographed.  I shot this with a Phase One IQ260 that has a lot of dynamic range capability and allowed me to keep detail in highlights and shadows.  It would have been hard to make this shot with a DSLR camera.

 


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Trees

Trees In Tuscany

Trees In Tuscany

Seems that one thing that is very noticeable in Tuscany are the trees.  These in most cases are Cedar trees that dot property borders and hillside peaks.   These trees are sometimes group as in this picture. This set of trees is very iconic in Tuscany and at almost any time of day you can find tourists shooting this location. The trick is to get there at the right time of day and catch it at sunset or sunrise with soft warm light and hopefully as in this image some nice clouds.


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Tuscany Valley

Tuscany Valley

Tuscany Valley

So many places to shoot images that are keepers in Tuscany.  This image was made from a spot we found along the side of the road.  we were looking down into this valley and just as were getting the cameras  ready the whole valley lit up.  I immediately rush and started shooting.  The results are perfect.  Very different shooting here but a new experience that has it challenges.  I love it.


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Magic Light In Tuscany

Magic Light On A Tuscany Hillside

Magic Light On A Tuscany Hillside

I am totally in love with Tuscany.  It’s a very different kind of landscape as it is big and broad and lacks a lot of foreground that I am so used to using in typical landscape shots.  So, I rely on light and the composition to keep the eye moving in the right direction.  This is some magic light.  After an early morning sunrise shoot we were driving down the road and there was great light lighting up the hillside through breaks in the clouds.  Made with the Phase One IQ160 camera with a 240mm lens.


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One More Day Until The Start Of PODAS Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - Sunrise

Tuscany, Italy – Sunrise

The last two days have been very busy prepping for the PODAS Tuscany workshop that officially kicks off on April 21st.  Tuscany is a landscape photographers dream.  The villages and landscapes are exceptional.  Tuscany also takes on a whole new look at dawn and sunset.  This will be where we spend most of our time focusing our photography.  We have early morning shoots as well as sunset shoots planned from Sunday through next Saturday.  I’ll be posting images as often as I can so you can share our adventure through Tuscany.  Please come back often and visit.  For now I’ll leave you with the sunrise shot taken yesterday.  Made with the NEW IQ260 and 240mm lens.  This is turning out to me my favorite combination.  The 240mm lens is one of the best lenses I have eve used.  The sharpness and contrast is second to none.  It’s going to be a long week and we have a great team and attendees from all over the world.


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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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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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