Day 4 & 5 of the Luminous-Landscape Winter Iceland workshop. Weather changed a bit as to be expected. Extremely high winds came in and that made photography challenging. We haven’t had real good light for sunrises or sunsets the past few morning but we are out there anyway. With the kind of lighting we were challenged with went withB&W for a number of today’s photos. We are here until next Thursday and have waterfalls on today’s agenda. More coming. A number of clients on this trip have been with me before on workshops. Always good to see and photograph with friends.
Day 3 of the Iceland Luminous-Landscape workshop with Daniel Bergmann. Today there are only 3 images. We woke up to snow, rain and low visibility. We went out anyway (because that is what you do in Iceland) got to the location we were going to shoot and you couldn’t see the mountain. Went to get a cup of coffee and then all of a sudden like it does in Iceland the rain and snow stopped and we could see the mountain. We had fun taking photos for an hour and then the wind picked up and it down poured. Typical Iceland weather. It rained the rest of the day so we worked on images. One of the images is a 10 exposure stitch and the other 2 are just straight shots. It was a black and white kind of day. More tomorrow. Hope you are enjoying these.
Absolutely amazing is all I can say for the last 48 hours. I have been to Iceland dozens of times and I can’t remember the last time I shot so much in such a short period. Weather helps and we have been blessed with great weather. All that is supposed to change by tomorrow. We did an ice cave, glacier walk, glacier canyon, and more bergs on the beach. The group is small and allows us to do more together as a group. Great people with us on this trip. Lots of fun. More tomorrow.
Because someone asked. All images have been shot on a Sony a7r II with various G-Master lenses.
I’m starting a 12 day workshop in Iceland. It’s a smaller workshop than many I have done. Good for Daniel and me as we can work closer with clients. My goal is to make Iceland look different than all the tourist and iconic images being made my a ton of tourists. So today I took images of the Sun Sculpture and created these. Part of my Being Square – Seeing Double series. And there were a ton of tourists there so this was one way to work around them.
Wherever I go I love to walk the streets and take pictures. This shot of this beautiful little girl was made in Buenos Aires. She was playing tunes on her toy accordion with a cup at her feet for tips. Her eyes, posture and look say so much. (yes, I gave her a big tip, and her smile was so big after that). It’s hard for many people to shoot people on the streets and obviously many time you have to use good judgment as well as have a pocket of local currency with you to tip the subjects.
I’m not sure why, but every time I prepare to go to Iceland I get excited. I have been to Iceland dozens of times. Photographed just about every location there is and watched the country change over the last 14 years. It used to be you could go anywhere in Iceland and not see a soul. You could be the only photographer on a beach or at a waterfall. Well, these days there are tour buses and lots of Asian tourists that have no regard for anyone else or even the landscape they are fortunate enough to see. And, there are other photographers too who will walk right into your shot with no regard for anyone else. Yes, this happens everywhere and not just Iceland. Kind of a sign of the time. So, I have decided that this year is the last year I will go to Iceland for a while. It’s time to explore other areas and there are plenty of them. I plan to have a good time this trip and then again this summer. We have god groups put together for each trip, I am going to try to do a lot of long exposure work and hopefully catch some northern lights night like we had in Norway. So, stay tuned and I’ll share images as I go.
It’s not too late to join our trip to Greenland this summer. You can expect to photograph amazing icebergs like the one above in addition to incredible landscapes the like of which you have never experienced. Check it out at Rockhopperworkshops.
I have been in Naples, FL the last few days. It’s been a fun time and a chance to relax a bit (sort of). Today the family went for a boat ride. We came across an Osprey nest on a channel marker. We got as close as we could and as we did so dad came home with a fish for his baby as mom looked on. Kind of cool to see. This was shot with a Sony a6500 which I was testing with a 70-200mm G-master zoom.