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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – pt 5

Winter relinquishes its hold

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…

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Spring’s Thaw

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.

Technical Details

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.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

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!

Monday Afternoon Tree

Lifting night’s veil

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!

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Spring’s arrival?

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.

Shot of the Week – vol 10

Ready for Spring!

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!

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Spring is in the air!

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!

Technical Details

Shot with my iPhone 6S using the standard camera app and smidgen of Instagram treatment.