Yes, folks in the Northern Hemisphere! It is the longest amount of daylight for us today, as we’re graced with the Sun’s presence longer than any other day this year. The good news for readers in the Southern Hemisphere is that you’ll get more daylight tomorrow and each day after for the next six months.
On this day last year, I was in Iceland enjoying the days around the longest day without any night to speak of; at that time of the year, the Sun doesn’t go far enough below the horizon to let the night darken. It was a magical time!
This shot is from up in the hills in Northern Iceland, where I wanted to capture the houses in the valley against the cloud cover below the mountain top level. The Sun rounded out the tableau rather nicely!
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were at 1/1000 second at f/14 and 200 ISO.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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14 thoughts on “Summer Solstice”
God, Frank, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing… I’m seeing it right before a big planning meeting on forgiving with my team. Puts me into a state of expansiveness.
Thank you, Debbie. Have a great meeting!
Thanks it was awesome! Good next steps. 🙂 I actually brought forward your photo in my mind’s eye at one point. Cool, Frank.
Exciting to hear that the photo helped you with your meeting!
What a gorgeous picture. And how wonderful to be there when the evening and morning golden hours merge.
Thank you! It’s not the best time of year for sleeping, but it was magical!
What a beautiful picture!! I’ve never been to where it truly doesn’t get dark – it must be amazing! Today we had our longest day as well, but it was stormy and a bit wild. Enjoy!!
It’s an amazing experience, as you get just a bit of dusk in the middle of the night. When I was in Scotland before, it was close to that, as by 3 am it was light already.
That’s incredible. It’s on my bucket list to go to the Arctic in the summer – but anywhere where there’s just a bit of dusk at night would do!
Absolutely beautiful photo Frank.
Thank you, Miriam!
Beautiful! I don’t think of Iceland as a pretty place, but I guess it really is.
Thank you! Iceland is incredibly photogenic! I’d love to go there for 6 months just to photograph a region of it.