Foss Means Waterfall — Revisited

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January 25, 2020 — Kirkjufellsfoss, Snaefellsjökull Peninsula, Iceland

Ten minutes before sunrise. No place does blue hour like Iceland. And it’s amazing how much a tripod with a five-pound camera can act like a sail in a strong wind.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Mt. Ghost Ship

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January 26, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland

Taken about a half-hour before the image in yesterday’s post — looking north, rather than east. The clouds and mist were in constant motion. Indeed, much of the time the mountains were obscured by clouds. My February 15 post shows one dramatic moment. The image above shows a pause in the turmoil of the cloudy cauldron.

Still wondering if JMW Turner would’ve liked Pink Floyd.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Clouds and Berms and Lines, Oh My

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January 26, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland

Iceland’s south coast has lots of berms. The ones parallel to the beach are breakwaters and, presumably, the ones perpendicular to the beach are for flood control.

Iceland also has lots of clouds — at least in the winter.

This photograph has both.

Iceland also has powerlines, which — much to my annoyance — clutter what would otherwise be many great shots.

I normally do all I can, including post-processing work, to be sure that my images don’t have human-made objects. Yet this one has powerlines shamelessly marching along the horizon. I have another version sans lines and towers, courtesy of careful use of content-aware fill in Photoshop, but after spending time with both versions I prefer this one.

It’s the exception that proves the rule. The towers and lines provide scale and just a bit of dissonance, supplying the image with needed tension and a hint of texture.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Take It To The Limit

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January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland

In a recent blog post, Bruce Percy articulated an aim I’ve had for quite a long time. I’ll quote him:

“For me, a picture isn’t about what is there. It’s not about trees, snow, sky, mountains, rivers, etc, etc. Instead, photos are about graphical forms and tone. They are pictures instead of photos. It’s a subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless.”

To Bruce’s “graphical forms and tone” I will add texture.

This picture appeared when I enlarged the image shown in the last two posts to 100% in DxO to verify focus as part of my original selection process. There it was: pure form and tone with a juxtaposition of texture. It called to me instantly, and it’s obvious to me now that it’s a significant part of what called to me when I originally saw the scene outside the bus window on January 26.

The artifacts from the extreme enlargement are intentional. The requisite roughness.

And no, I’ve never personally met Mark Rothko. Somehow fittingly, I was born right around the time he was painting the canvases that speak to me so well.

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Lagoon, Simplified

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January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland

Same scene as the last post, but simplified and in other ways edited to bring out something closer to the essence of what I saw. The changes are in most ways not huge — but in one way, sweeping. It’s more than just a crop.

Stay tuned…

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Lugubrious Lagoon

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January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland

Shot a few minutes after the image in the last post. Looking a bit further east. Unlike the last image, not a lot of post-processing work here. Despite its monochromatic appearance, this is a color photograph.

Stay tuned…

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

White, Gray, and Black Lagoon

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January 26, 2020 — The Thórbergur Center, Hali Country Hotel, South Coast, Iceland

As we returned to our hotel and eatery after a morning shoot, she and I gaped gasping at the gray glory of the sky. While the others ducked into their warm and dry rooms, we got as close as we could to the edge of a sharp slope that ended at the edge of a partially frozen lagoon. Not wanting to take the time open my camera bag and put a lens on my DSLR, I’d reached into my packet and pulled out the MiniCam™. The sandbar delineating the edge of the North Atlantic was about a kilometer away. The low tide exposed a sweep of black sand. It was quiet.

We didn’t notice the light rain. We didn’t feel the insistent breeze. We ignored the growing hunger in our bellies. We were deep in the thrall of the ever-changing clouds.

It’s hard to pick out a favorite here. This is one. Despite its monochrome appearance, it’s a color photograph. Matter of fact, I increased both vibrance and saturation in post processing. There are subtle tones that would otherwise be lost.

Lunch was especially good that day.

(Canon G5X II. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Skógafoss: Base of the Waterfall — A Wider View

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January 30, 2019 — Skógafoss, South Coast, Iceland

Here’s the original frame from which the last post’s image was cropped. My Muse and I have had quite a discussion as to which we prefer. We invite you to weigh in.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Ice Pup

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January 29, 2020 —Fjallsárlón Glacial Lake, Iceland

A sole iceberg puppy floating on the near mirror surface of this lake at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull. Pretty small for an iceberg but pretty big for a pup. About the size of a Saint Bernard and I’m sure a lot heavier.

(Nikon D850, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)