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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge. Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her. Go check her blog out!!
After a brief hiatus to catch up with things, here we continue for the final three days of the challenge…
This image came from a walk in early Spring 2011, on a beautiful day that showed the promise of the season that had just commenced. Walking by this small pond, my eye caught the interesting aspect of having two distinct types of reflection at work: the slightly rippled water and the not-quite-perfect ice.
What attracted me about these reflections is not only the difference, but also the similarity. In transition from water to ice, the character of the reflection is preserved, as can be seen in a number of the birch trunks. But then, we also see that the reflection is more muted and diffuse in the ice.
Hope you enjoy this image, as Spring moves forward in the Northern Hemisphere.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were 1/80 second with f/9 at 400 ISO.
Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.
The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger… Walking with a Smacked Pentax is a truly fantastic blog with beautiful images of the sights of Northern England. Go check out this talented, creative blog! If he accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!
It’s a rather somber weather day in New England, as rain has settled in for a couple of days, so something to cheer us up!
The Yoga Tree stands resolutely, as we catch the first glimpse of the Sun’s efforts to lift night’s veil of darkness from the horizon. Strong, yet flexible, enduring through the seasons, she inspires all of us.
How long do you think I would go without posting something about my Lady of the Fields? I agree with you that it’s been too long!
The first hint of Spring was showing this past week, as the temperatures have been unseasonably warm and all of Nature got a bounce back in its step! The Yoga Tree was no exception, as she is showing the first growth of the season at the tips of her branches.
She stands tall and proud, overseeing the activities in the field, as all prepare for Spring!
Shot with my iPhone 6S using the standard camera app and smidgen of Instagram treatment.
Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty, as tomorrow’s temperature might be positively Spring-like!
This image goes back to 2010, as I decided to take a little detour during my daily commute. The sky was doing beautiful things, and it came to me that there might be an opportunity at Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, to get something worth shooting.
Luckily, I had my tripod with me, as I wound up shooting a series of 5 shots around a mid-level exposure to combine them into this HDR image. This allowed me to get the drama in the clouds clearly translated into the image.
I hope that you enjoy this cold shot!
Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens. The middle exposure settings were 1/30 second at f/22 at 160 ISO, and 4 additional shots were taken at -2, -1, +1 and +2 EV (Exposure Value). The images were processed in Photomatix Pro.
Winter is one of my favorite seasons, as it has this great ability to reduce the color palette of the world around us. Additionally, winter tends to quiet the environment, in which we find ourselves, particularly during or shortly after a fresh snow.
Thus, Winter is a great enabler for getting landscapes that are stark with a sense of being alone, no world intruding upon our moment in the space-time continuum. Such a moment I captured this week in this image. A Sun that is highly filtered by the gray sky, a grouping of trees and an expanse of snow covered field with a single set of tracks.
As we’re wrapping up the week, I figured it might be a good opportunity to look back a couple of years, when I took this photograph. Although I didn’t give it a title right away, I have come to call this image ‘Winter Revisited’; this sprang forth more from going back to this image again and again than anything in the subject matter, other than the obvious.
This shot was taken on February 7, 2014, at Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts; this is along one of the variants of my commute. I had pulled over, because I wanted to see what could be done with the sun’s warm glare off the ice, juxtaposed against the blue of the morning sky. Nothing really satisfied my desire to create something worthwhile, so I walked a bit along the edge of the pond.
That is when I noticed the frost still on this small brush and how the frost had grown into fractal patterns along the branches and twigs. Looking through the frosty brush toward the sun, the overhanging tree provided a nice bit of framing to the photo. All in all, I felt, and still feel, pretty good about the end result.
You’ll notice that a good percentage of my photography doesn’t adhere to the standard edict of keeping the sun in your back to properly light your subject. There are plenty of times when that is a good idea, but I find that allowing light to come from some more unconventional angles can provide dramatic images. Of course, for portrait photography it is not at all unusual to put the sun behind your subjects and use flash to light them; that provides for pleasing edge lighting (aka hair lighting) and full control of the light you put on their faces.
Using the sun to a similar effect in landscape images provides rather nice results, such as in this image, where the hoar frost gets to stand out rather than disappear.
This photo was taken with an iPhone 5S. With a minor bit of Photoshop work, I was able to enlarge the image for a large print with rather dramatic results. Thus far, I have printed it on 2’x2′ acrylic, which lifts the glow from the sun’s glare off the ice even more.
Hopefully you enjoyed this image, and, thank you for reading my ramblings!