All posts tagged: Moody Sky

A Mutable Squall

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California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California Every pixel was spoken to softly and coaxed and cajoled into a new life because, you see, many of my influences lived a couple of centuries ago. They didn’t have pixels. They had pigments. And that’s what they did with pigments in those days. Tech note: This was all done with varying degrees of microcontrast (Lightroom calls it Clarity) in DxO PhotoLab and then put into […]

Take It To The Limit

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Abstract / Iceland / Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography

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 […]

Lagoon, Simplified

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Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography

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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Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography

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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Iceland / Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography

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 […]

Vestrahorn Blue Hour

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Iceland / Landscape / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 28, 2020 — Vestrahorn, South Coast, Iceland One of the iconic vistas in a land full of iconic vistas. Ignoring advice, I didn’t put on my wellies, preferring my waterproof insulated boots. The wellies, being higher, would’ve allowed me to go further into the water, which would’ve changed the angle, which would’ve afforded better reflections. My solution was to go out as far as I could and try more shots. I stayed long after […]

Obscured by Clouds

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Iceland / Impressionism / Inspiration / Landscape / Photo Log / Photography

January 27, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland What was the photographer ruminating on while creating such an image — made of two different treatments of one shot combined with part of another shot? What might he think? It could be a question of two ages: Would JMW Turner have liked Pink Floyd? Discuss. I’m verklempt. PS: Not looking good for Northern Lights tonight. Kp Index is 1. (Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing […]

Velkomin til Íslands

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Iceland / Inspiration / Landscape / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 24, 2020 — Londrangar View Point, Snæfellsjökull Peninsula, Iceland Welcome to Iceland. I’ve never, ever experienced a passport-control officer smiling genuinely and welcoming me before. It happened here. A cold country gave a very warm welcome. Iceland is like that. Iceland is indeed cold in the winter. There are storms. There are incredible sights to see and photograph. These sea stacks have been captured by thousands of photographers before. Today it was my turn. […]

Dear Mother Nature,

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California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

I want to propose something. Here’s the background: Last week, as I was driving home from an appointment, I crested the pass above Fremont and got a view across the bay and beyond the Santa Cruz Mountains toward the west. It looked promising for some dramatic horizon seascapes. Because I always have my pocket camera with me, I drove straight to the coast. My expectations mounted during the nearly an hour-and-a-half drive, but when I […]

Thankful Thursday

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California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

May 8, 2015. Devil’s Slide, near Pacifica, California / November 27, 2019. Silicon Valley. Devil’s Slide revisited. Again. I sat at the computer today, looking forward by looking back. The image whispered, “noir” and I went under its spell. I’d have been a fool not to. A strange image for Thanksgiving, but it it’s from a favorite shoot — for which I am thankful. And I am thankful to all who visit, follow, read, view, […]

Switzerland, August 6 Revisited

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Impressionism / Landscape / Photo Log / Photography / Switzerland

August 6, 2019; Vevey, Switzerland. While archiving shots from Europe, I came across this gem. It harkens back to the August 7 post. It was taken about two hours before the blue one near the bottom of that post. It pays to go back over old shoots: I’m still discovering work from that trip. There are more images of this magic two and a half hours and you may well see some in the future. […]

Switzerland, August 12: Stormy — Redux

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Inspiration / Landscape / Monochrome / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Switzerland

August 12, 2019; Northwest of Locarno, Switzerland — September 6, 2019; Silicon Valley. It was a turbulent night. I awoke at 4:00 a.m. and stared at the ceiling, thinking, “it’s too dark.” But it wasn’t the ceiling I was thinking of. It was the image I’d just posted on the blog afew hours earlier. And there were other things too: Was the foreground too severe? Does it focus the viewer’s attention enough? The tones, tones, […]

Switzerland, August 12: Stormy

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Landscape / Monochrome / Nature / Photography / Switzerland

August 12, 2019; Northwest of Locarno, Switzerland. It was a dark and stormy day; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the valley (for it is in Italian Switzerland that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the water-logged photographer who struggled against the torrent. But then, a break in the clouds, which was of benefit, […]