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.

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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.

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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

WPC – Half-Light (final)

Both sides now…

As I was reflecting for a moment, it came to me that one more Half-Light would be just fine…

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From up and down

 

“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all”

Joni Mitchell

 

Prompted in gratitude by Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light

WPC – Half-Light

Coming out of the water…

Another episode of Half-Light, the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge . This one is a little more ethereal or even spectral, with a nod to this day in one religion.

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Spectral Apparition

Marcellus to Horatio and Bernardo after seeing the ghost:

Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,
This bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,
The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow’d and so gracious is the time.

— Hamlet Act I, Scene I
William Shakespeare

In response to WordPress Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light

WPC – Half-Light (reprise)

Rage against the dying of the light!

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge gave us the prompt: Half-Light.  The intent is to share a photo that is inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story…or, alternatively, the actual half-light, or both, as here.

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Birth of the Sun

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

— Dylan Thomas (1937)

 

WPC – Half-Light

Fear to tread…

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge gave us the prompt: Half-Light.  The intent is to share a photo that is inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story…

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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost (1916)

 

WPC – Dance

Dancing with a lady

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge gave us the prompt: Dance.  Of course, all of us are familiar with the human activity, but I decided to take a slighlty different approach, which I submit for your approval…

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Prana Dancer

The dance of the Seasons is performed by the majestic Yoga Tree, as her steps are measured and executed with ageless perfection in front of a Universe, whose energies flow through her.

As the Sun rises, stand in front of her, close your eyes and breathe in deeply; feel her movement as prana fills you, again and again, and dance.

Technical Details

Captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app and Instagram for some minor adjustments.

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WPC – One Love (reprise)

The Kiss

There was another image that came to mind immediately, when I saw the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of One Love, so I wanted to make sure that I shared it with you.

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One Love!

 

This is one of the images from a wedding I shot for my friends, Matt and Traci.  Wedding photography presents some interesting challenges, in that you have to be 100% in the moment at all times, so that you catch those special little moments that permeate the occasion.

Such was the case in this (unposed) shot, as I had a sense of what was about to happen and caught the moment.  I’m fairly confident that this is still Matt and Traci’s favorite image from their wedding, as it sums it all up: One Love!

Technical Details

I shot this with my Canon EOS 5D Mk II using a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L USM lens.  Additional light was provided using a Canon 580EX Speedlite with settings of f/5 at 1/100 second and 640 ISO.

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – One Love

WPC – State of Mind

How blue is your canoe?

Steate of Mind provides an interesting challenge direction, as our state of mind can vary across a wide spectrum.  But, never worry, as I may have take on this, and, no, it’s not the wondrous Yoga Tree this week…

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Blue Canoe

Our state of mind can go into many directions.  In ths image, we can infer something about the state of mind of the canoe’s owner… is it hopeful for warmer weather or ennui with Winter’s onslaught?

In response to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind