The Black Church in Iceland is famous. It’s a small church sitting on a peninsula and unlike so many other churches, it is painted black. There is a cemetery and the church and cemetery are surrounded by a stone wall. It’s very picturesque and as a result, is also very cliched. Every tourist has a photo of this church as well as a ton of photographers. I have always endeavored to make locations like this look new and original.
I did this image with my Sony a7r iii and then took the image into my iPad and worked on it in a few apps to give it a different look. I like the way it turned out and I made a nice small print of it too.
The pandemic has given me a chance to go through my archives. In doing so I keep coming up with some of my favorite images. I re-edit them and then share them. These are a few of my favorite images from the Palouse.
Prior to taking a flight to Antarctica I usually have a few days to explore Punta Arenas. There’s a lot to explore in this southern Chile city. Sometimes I’ll take a taxi and hire the driver to take me to various places and wait for me. This was made along the waterfront and there were a number of fishing boats hauled out of the water and on blocks. So, I used a wide-angle lens and had some fun. It’s not an award-winning image but it was fun to shoot. I added the Orton effect to give it a bit of soft focus.
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I just completed an Antarctica Expedition with 30 clients. It was a super trip and I have come home with a ton of photos. These photographs were made while we were traveling from one location to another. We were having dinner and saw this iceberg with penguins go by. The Captain immediately turns the ship around and we approached this iceberg. The penguins were jumping onto it and it was fin to watch as many took several tries to get up. It was dusk and very dark and I was fortunate to be shooting with a Sony a7r4 which has terrific high ISO capability. These are two of my favorites that I hope to make large prints of next week. I’ll also have more photos, an article or two and videos that will appear on photopxl.com in the near future.
I have been to Australia a number of times. It’s very far away and is a very long plane ride. However, once you are there you will be treated to a beautiful country. The people are incredibly friendly and the scenery is very versatile. This location is near the center of the country. This is a gorge which there a number of and they are usually in a canyon with water running through them. I have a few images from this canyon. One of these is a three-shot pano and the other is a single shot.
First, my apologies for not posting more photos and posts in general lately. Things have been moving at a fast pace on many fronts and a number of other projects took priority. Things are now getting a bit more manageable and I will try to get these posts back up to being posted on a more regular basis. Today’s photo is me having fun. This was shot on S. Georgia Island as part of our S. Georgia – Antarctica Photo Workshop trip last November. It’s an incredible feeling to be with wildlife and especially penguins in such an amazing environment. I feel truly blessed. Thank you, Debra (my wife) for catching this magic moment. I am so happy you were able to be part of the adventure.
As you can probably tell I really enjoyed Lofoten except for the fact that there were too many other photographers there. Everyone that I encountered were trying to make iconic images as they must have seen on websites. except for a few instances, I wanted to see things differently. Thus I tried a lot of long exposure and I looked for patterns and things in the landscape. This image was made to show depth of field in the foreground with small details and to then allow the rocks and surf to become part of the image too. I used a new filter system by Wine Country to handle the ND filters I used. I’ll be doing a review on this system in the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy this image.
I discovered a new place in April of 2016 while running a workshop with Art Wolfe and Ignacio Palacios. In northern Chile on the border with Bolivia, there is a region of great beauty called the Atacama. It’s got some incredible landscapes and great skies. We photographed both in Chile and Bolivia, sometimes at altitudes of 16,000 feet. This is one from the series of images I made. More to come.
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.