Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I shut myself in my office, asked Siri to play some classic rock and I started to explore my old files and refine them using the new tools in Capture One 22. I started with Iceland in 2010. I did two trips to Iceland in 2010 and, as always came back with way too many keepers. Iceland is magic and a photographer’s paradise. It serves as therapy for many of us as in surrounds us with its ever-changing beauty.
These two images are a good example of the specialness that this land gives us. The one image was taken at sunset – dawn. I was there at a time where it never gets dark. The sun goes down and in 15 minutes it’s coming back up. As it dips below the horizon, the warm and sometimes odd light reflects onto the clouds and, in this case, the water of the Iceberg Lagoon. (please don’t ask me to spell the name. ). The second shot was made in the Highlands and once again nature and light played a big part in obtaining an incredible image of this canyon with waterfalls and a river that flows out to the horizon.
I have been to Death Valley at least a dozen times. Each time is different and I am always discovering new locations to take photos from. The shot above was made late one day a few winters ago while on my way back from visiting Bodie. Bodie is one of the strangest towns you can visit. A few hours there feels like a day and it’s kind of one of those oddball towns with oddball people. I highly recommend a visit there. Anyway on my way back from the visit I came over the mountain and the whole valley had a spectacular set of clouds over it. And, the sun was going down. So I drove downhill to a location that gave a clear view of the valley and let the magic happen. It was like the whole sky was on fire. I used a wide-angle lens to get as much sky as I could. The photo below was one of the workshop attendees silhouetted against the sky.
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Iceland is where photographers go when they die. It’s a beautiful landscape and light never stops giving. Sunsets and sunrises are special every day. as a photographer, you don’t get much sleep in Iceland because there is so much to see. This sunset with the moon was made one evening after a hike up a mountain. The whispy clouds, sunset color, and moon make it simply work.
Iceland is a magical and special place for me. I stared visiting Iceland in 2004 before it was even on an instagram or tourist radar. Now the country thrives on the tourism income but is has made the place very crowded. There are still magical places to visit and I know a lot of them. This os one of those. It was amde after a short climb and then waitig for the light. The whispy clouds, sunset and moon rise all made a speacial shot.
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If there is one thing I teach while doing workshops is that you must always be looking. You need to look behind you, around you and even what’s at your feet. Too often photographers get so engaged with what is in front of them, tat they miss the real shot that may be actually behind them. This image is one of those. I was shooting at the grand canyon looking at this beautiful overlook being lit by the sun set. I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I forgot to look behind me. When I did this is the image I saw. So, always be looking.
Debra and I were out to dinner the other night. Upon leaving the restaurant we were blasted with this magnificent sunset. Giant clouds and the whole sky was lit up. The chase was on as we rushed towards home to find a good spot to shoot. The problem with living where we are is that there are building and trees everywhere so it’s hard to get a good shot without wires and building. Lucky for us the sunset continued for a while and we pulled into our neighborhood. There is a lake and a building we affectionately call the Pyramids in our neighborhood. I always have a camera in the car so I got and went to take this shot. The camera is the Fuji X100F. Fast and easy to use and it gave me a great image. Just to be safe I did take one on my iPhone. My wife got a lovely image too with hers being lower to the water. It’s not too often we see sunsets like this.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland is a beautiful place to visit. Iceland has a ton of iconic locations like this. I have been shooting there for years and at this location. Typically all of us at a workshop pile out of the van and head to the waterfalls. We try to duplicate other iconic images made from this spot. This year was different. I got out of the van and headed off in my own direction determined to find a different shot. The image above is what I found. The light was right. The lead in composition worked. Mission accomplished.
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.
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.
I enjoy photographing in Olympic National Park a lot. There is so much to shoot there. This image was made at the 2nd Beach location. It’s a short walk through the woods that dumps you onto this wonderful beach. Hang around for sunset and you’ll be treated to something special. This is an image made with a Phase One IQ160 with an ALPA camera. I did one exposure then processed it out at 2 stops over and under plus normal. It was the taken into PhotoMatix and tone mapped. What this does is recover the detail in highlights and shadows and then blends them together. A bit surreal and real at the same time.