I worked this image a lot in Photoshop and in color it looks real nice. But, as I do with many images I decided to try it as a BW image and I liked it. BW offers a lot and somewhat a nostalgic feel. I have been going through the image catalog for 2015. I shot 55,000 images this year. Not one of my largest numbers but up there. I so often have no time to work on images and thus get far behind on image editing. The Holidays has allowed me a little time to catch up and as result I have several weeks worth of images to share on the blog. Hope you enjoy this image and more to come.
Happy New Year. This is my last entry for this year.
Taking a walk in the woods is always a nice thing to do, but with a camera it turns into an adventure. This was made while walking through Algonquin NP in Canada. As a photographer you train yourself to see the world in frames. You look around at the surrounding environment and try to see things as if they were framed in the viewfinder of a camera. You look, up, down, left, right and behind you. And, if you are lucky you see a shot. This one caught my attention and had all the elements of a defining image of fall. Color, a fallen birch tree, mushrooms, pine needles and color. I was dubious of such a strong horizontal of the tree going through the image but in the end I think it worked.
There is a story about this set of small and fast moving waterfalls in Iceland. My friend and Icelandic guide Daniel Bergmann always drove by these falls which are located right on one of Iceland’s main roads. Finally I made him stop and I shot my first set of images of these falls. One each of my many subsequent trips to Iceland it became a tradition to stop here with the workshop groups we were leading. Eventually he just nicknamed these falls after me as he didn’t know the real name of the falls. This is a multi shot pano of the falls.
So, you may be wondering why I have been posting so many Iceland images. The simple reason is I am enjoying the holidays and during some spare time that I normally don’t have I’m revisiting a lot of the trips I did last year and finally re-working the and editing the images. Iceland was big trip. Lots of incredible images were taken. I have a lot from the helicopter which will soon grace these pages. This one was done on the famous iceberg beach. The challenge with the iceberg beach is shooting something different from the 1000’s of images that are shown from there. I don’t claim this is different, just something I liked. On the last trip I did many at this location using the iPhone so I could get something different. I’ll posts those someday too. This was shot with the Nikon D800e at 1.6 seconds.
Yesterday I posted a dramatic moment in Iceland. They can be that way sometimes there. This image is a bit more typical of Iceland. Made at Vik a black beach, it was done at dusk and the light was gray with a hint or color on the horizon. The beach is very large and there is a nice surf that rushes up onto the stones of the beach. By dragging the shutter I was able to get the magical look to the surf and a hint of movement in the clouds. This is one of those images you need to see as a print.
One of the things that is fun about Iceland is the unpredictable weather. When we woke up the morning that this image was taken it was raining hard and deep overcast, It’s one of those morning that would have been easy to say let’s go back to bed. The time was around 4AM. Being the adventurous photographer that we are we decided to go for it and drove the 20 minutes to the Jökulsárlón lagoon. If you have never heard of this place or visited it you are really missing an experience. I have visited this location numerous times and it has always yielded a special photograph. This morning was no different. The sun had come up behind the clouds and all of a sudden the clouds started to part and this amazing color came through. Contrasting with the blue of the icebergs I was able to get a number of nice images. This was one of them.
It’s a nice time of year. I will enjoy today with family and friends. I have my youngest son with us while on leave from the Navy. My middle son will hopefully join us by the weekend. My oldest is still deployed to the hot spots in the mid-east and I wish him a safe Christmas day. I will be cooking up a Beef Wellington for everyone tonight along with a Waldorf salad. I love to cook and it should be fun. Christmas day is a rest day. Maybe a movie or two and just relaxing. I wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas.
As I have said a hundred times, the Palouse is America’s Tuscany. While it doesn’t have the beautiful cities and villages that Tuscany has it does have some magnificent rolling hills that transform with the seasons. The harvest is still my favorite time of year. I do plan to do a June visit in 2016 and capture the Palouse when it is green. For now this is a pano shot made from the top of a small hill.