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Luminous-Landscape Iceland Workshop Day 2

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.

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Under A Glacier

Inside an Ice Cave in Iceland

Have you ever been under a glacier?  I have and it is scary and cool at the same time.  One of the best places to explore ice cave is in Iceland in the winter.  Ice caves are the space between a bottom of the glacier and the earth the glacier is moving on.  In the summer time there is usually a massive amount of water running through these caves from melt off but in the winter everything is frozen and as a result, you can explore these caves (carefully of course).  The best way to see these ice caves is with a guide who knows the caves and where it is safe and not safe.  This image was made in a cave where you had to crawl in many places.  I loved this giant ice pillar.  This image was shot with a Phase One camera and the exposure was several minutes.  It is very dark in these caves and only a small amount of light filters through the glacier itself.  I highly recommend this experience but only if you are not claustrophobic.

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Ice Cave Ceiling

FB_DSC0185-613-clrtyOne of our highlights on the Iceland trip was visiting an Ice Cave.  Not only was the experience of getting to the cave fun but the cave was pretty cool too.  We had to use big four-wheeled drive vehicles to get these and then once there get into all sort of gear.  The light inside was all blue as the ice filters away all other light,  So, here is a photo of the ice cave ceiling and one of me looking like I am straight out of the Blue Man Group.

Me. Kevin Raber in the Ice Cave
Me. Kevin Raber in the Ice Cave
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In The Ice Cave

Ice Cave In Iceland - Long Exposure IQ260
Ice Cave In Iceland – Long Exposure IQ260

In addition to the regular PODAS workshops we do we sometimes tag along on some of our instructor workshops and bring along Phase One gear fro attendees to use.  I am presently in Iceland with Daniel BergmanAndy Biggs, and Josh Holka exploring many locations and taking some excellent images.  One of my goals on this trip other than sharing our cameras was to text the NEW IQ 260 in long exposure mode as well as to put the new 240mm lens.  The lens is incredible and I have been pushing the 260 as hard as I can The IQ260 has the capability to do long exposure.  So what better place to take it than deep under a big glacier.  The image above was a 4 minute exposure in essentially a dark chamber under a glacier.  First the experience of crawling around in a glacier is a bit unnerving to say the least.  Then you stumble upon this beautiful icicle that had to be 12  feet in the air.  You set the camera up in darkness, shine your headlamp onto the icicle to focus and try an exposure.  Turns out the exposure was 4 minutes at f-16.  It was amazing to see what the sensor saw that we didn’t.  The bottom part of the image was pulled from shadow area that on initial viewing was all black.  We did a bit of saturation and some highlight recovery.  I think the 240 did a good job.  If I had a bit more time I may have tried a 6-8 minute exposure and tried to pull the histogram a bit more to the right.