WPC – Landscape (7)

Winds on high

As landscape photography is one of my main areas of interest, I am am truly excited about this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape.  Each day this week, I will share some of my favorite landscape shots.

Photo Dec 30, 7 47 47 AM
Aeolus Rules

As the final image in this week’s landscape series, I’m bringing out a little late-December beauty pose struck by none other than my sweet Yoga Tree.  She stands proud reaching for skies that are moving at high velocity, as driven by the god of the winds himself.

Hope you enjoyed the set this week.  Did you have any favorites?

Technical Details

This image was shot with my iPhone 5S using the standard camera app and some minor adjustments in Instagram.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

Shot of the Week – vol 11

Bucolic moment

After a short hiatus, it’s back: the shot of the week!!  Well, almost, as you’ll see.

2014-04-03 07.10.22 HDR-1
Farm equipment

While this is not quite a shot of the week, as I captured this 104 weeks ago, which makes it a shot of this week.

I’m always attracted to farming, probably because, when I was young, we lived near some farms for a number of years, and I wound up spending itme on them helping out.  I always enjoyed the sense of being in touch with the land and nature, something that appears to have gotten lost quite a bit in today’s society.

Little farm scenes, such as this one, always catch my eye, particularly on a morning with light as beautiful as it is in this image.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with my iPhone 5S using the standard camera app and some imnor adjustments in instagram.

WPC – Landscape (3)

Water everywhere

As landscape photography is one of my main areas of interest, I am am truly excited about this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape.  Each day this week, I will share some of my favorite landscape shots.

20150619-Iceland_57A1996
Goðafoss Waterfall

One of the beautiful aspects of Iceland are its waterfalls.  As I stayed in the northern part of Iceland, near Akureyri, I found my way to the lovely waterfall of Goðafoss.

This waterfall is accessed rather easily from the main road and main access to the view is set up on the west bank of the falls.  After a bit of exploring, I found a path to a nice low vantage point, which allowed me to set up for this shot.

Hope you like it.

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 24-105 f/4L lens (circular polarizer attached).  This image was shot at 1/15 second at f/16 at 200 ISO.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

WPC – Landscape (2)

Icelandic beauty

As landscape photography is one of my main areas of interest, I am am truly excited about this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape.  Each day this week, I will share some of my favorite landscape shots.

20150618-Olavsfjordur_57A1794_5_6_tonemapped-2x3
Looking across Siglufjörður

Iceland is a truly beautiful country and just a dream for landscape photography, such as this shot that I captured last year of the view across the Siglufjörður on the north coast of Iceland.

The road in this area follows the coast line, which means it traces the fjords that are prevalent here.  Each of these fjords has its own character, with some of the smaller ones without settlement and the larger ones with small towns and villages.  The fjord often provides a natural harbor and shelter from the Atlantic storms.

The light off the peak made for a bit of magic in this afternoon image.

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 24-105 f/4L lens (circular polarizer attached).  This was a series of images with the mean exposure value at 1/100 second at f/11 at 200 ISO; the 3 images were at 0 EV, -1 EV and +1 EV.  Photomatix Pro was used to create the final image.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

WPC – Landscape (1)

Solitude by the pond

This week’s Photo Challenge presented by the Daily Post is none other than Landscape!!  As you might imagine, I am psyched about this one, and most definitely will do more than one post 🙂

p40-20131005-IMG_2341
Autumnal Reflection on Rocky Pond

This moment of solitude was captured a couple of years ago at Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts.  It’s one of my favorite spots that I have photographed over the years throughout various seasons.

I hope that you enjoy this moment of quiet reflection.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge

Friday Travel Photo – vol 7

Stark beauty

Back to Iceland to vist one of the really impressive areas with geothermal activity that gives you an idea of the power of the planet: Hverarönd.

20150619-Iceland_57A1906
Hverarönd Geothermal

 

When I walked toward this geothermal area in northern Iceland, the first thing that struck me is the smell of sulphurdioxide: rotten eggs!  With the barren landscape, its steam vents, the hissing of the escaping steam and the bouquet, it gives one the sense of walking into a landscape that would have been fitting for Hieronymus Bosch.

20150619-Iceland_57A1958
Hverarönd: sulphur deposits

I could appreciate that people might have horrific fantasies of demons and trolls popping up from this landscape.

At the same time, one has to appreciate the beauty of this barren landscape, its colors and amazing contrasts.

20150619-Iceland_57A1922
Hverarönd: Warm running water

Take a tour up north, the next time you’re in Iceland and go explore Hverarönd and the Myvatn area, as the landscape lover in you will not be disappointed!

Technical Details

Each of these images was captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens with a circular polarizer (hence the saturated sky).  Various exposure settings were used with an eye towards keeping adequate depth of field.

TTT – Analyzing an Image

Framing is everything

As I got a number of positive responses the last time that I did an analysis of how I made the decisions that got me to my particular take of the scene in front of me, I’m doing another post along this vein with a very different image.

_14E0575_6_4_7_8_tonemapped
Late Summer’s Day

This image is more about discovery than any other factor, as I found this location while driving through the Harvard University research forest in Petersham, MA.  There are times when one should not believe all signs; on this fine day, I chose to ignore the ‘Road Ends’ sign.  The paved road ended, but a dirt road continued and led me into a forest, where I found this stellar location.

This particular landscape has a lot of beautiful elements to it, but not one stand-out element that I wanted to highlight in this photo.  When this is the case, I like to frame the image, such as with the tree on the left and top, the overhanging branch on the right and the tall grass down low.  Framing provides a sense of looking into the scene, as it provides depth and a sense of looking into the scene rather than at it.

This rather simple trick is something that dresses up many a scene, whether you shoot it in portrait or landscape mode.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you, if you have tried this as well.