I love looking for abstracts and one place I found a lot is in Las Vegas and its old neon signs. The secret to getting interesting photos like this is keeping your eyes out for. good shot and see it in a small frame of the overall image. I call this a picture in the picture. This means that the big overall shot is most likely nice, but the tight close up shot is another good shot and part of the big one.
On a visit to Svalbard in the northern Polar circle is a giant ice cap and during the summer there is melting and run off. Sometimes the run off opens a hole in the face of the ice pack and you get these giant waterfalls. Called Austfonnain case you want to look it up. This was made with a long lens from a moving ship. Nikon 810 with 80-400mm lens.
I have had the chance to photograph Polar Bears several times and they are just magnificent animals. On one trip we pushed way far into the ice, turned the engines off and drifted for a few days and let the bears come to us. Sometimes we had a few bears around the ship. They were as curious as we were. This is a bear who was quite active. He was jumping between chunks of ice. Shot with a Nikon D800.
Indianapolis is my hometown. I love to wander around the city and have fun looking for form and gesture in the architecture of the city. I shot this image of the Marriot hotel in town with a long lens contrasting the red of the sculpture with the blue tint of the hotel. I like looking for abstracts in architecture.
A few years ago I made my first journey to the Svalbard area in the Artic Circle. It was my first opportunity to photograph Polar Bears. And, it was an experience I won’t forget. I have been back several times and have loved photographing these incredible animals. The Polar Bear though is in trouble for numerous reason. I have spent time learning about this and making friends with a number of experts on the topic. This image I think tells a story. It expresses well what is happening. The bear is at the edge of the ice looking off and this symbolizes what the bears are facing. Shrinking ice packs and with it a challenge for them to survive. I call this image Polar Bear On The Edge. I think the bird at the top really adds to the image.
This was a fun shot to do. We were in Iceland and it was windy and cold. We visited this location where the surf was just exploding on very rough rocks. The sun was breaking through the clouds and adding nice color. I dragged the shutter a bit to emphasize the breaking surf. While were there one photographer got a bit too cocky and got close to the edge. A big wave came up and knocked him and his tripod over and almost washed him out with the wave. I see this kind of thing a lot in Iceland. Everything from weather to waves is unpredictable in Iceland. Word to the wise, be careful.
I am going to Iceland in a few weeks and it is winter in Iceland. Truly an amazing time of year to see Iceland. This image was made last June in the Highlands. An area most tourists don’t go and when you drive into the area it is like being on another planet.
On my last trip to Iceland we chartered a helicopter for the day. This is one of the abstracts from that shoot. Iceland looks so different from the air. This is part of the run off from higher elevations snow.
There is one channel that is narrow and a favorite place to travel through on visits to Antarctica. I have been through this passage a dizen or more time and each time it offers something unique. This is a sunrise passage on a beautiful calm day. The picture says it all.