Our time spent around Lake Wakatipu was characterised by clear conditions which meant freezing mornings. This led to the marsh grasses freezing over and layers of mist over the water surfaces in the early morning. Charlotte was asleep on my back for the whole time we were out here but hopefully she took in some of the freshness of the whole experience from just being there Marianne was also out and about taking pictures which I will have to bug her to post here !
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After only having slept 2 hours and driving 90 km to the coast, it seemed like sunrise was going to be an epic fail, as the entire eastern sky was covered with clouds. I saw the pre-dawn cirrus light up in crimson splendour, but, I was missing the main event.
Shortly after sunrise, the clouds gave way to a wonderful display of pristine first light.
Presented here, is a dynamic scene where waves reach for a rocky moss-covered shoreline while a halo adorns our precious star.
Please note that this image hasn't been touched up in Photoshop -- this is directly from Canon's Digital Photo Professional software. I don't have time at the moment (backlog of weddings!) to be processing images through completion. Having said that, in my biased opinion, this stands on its own without requiring further processing treatment. The three stop hard step filter saved my backside that morning. I love my filters.
The 5D Mark II is a landscape eating machine.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM 1/13s f/16.0 at 17.0mm iso100
Durin my trip on Quiberon Island I have discovered during the afternoon a small beach totally enclosed in a cliff landscape. The angle of the sun in the evening should be ideal then I came back at the sunset to shoot this waterscape. It was not easy to get down to the small beach cause the path was not accessible at high tide then I have decided to get there at low tide and wait for the water to mount. At high tide the beach was reduced to some meters. I was lucky at the end to find a way to get back on the cliff ! To realize this image I have shooted three different exposures for the beach, the sky and the cliffs.
A brook carrying crystal-clear water runs through a mountain pasture that offers a panoramic view over the famous mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Starting from left to right, the photo shows the last bit of daylight casting a fiery red glow on the mountain peaks Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
When your strolling along on the trail and then come upon a scene such as this you stop dead in your tracks. The magnitude and scale cannot be appreciated in a web image. Having these conditions to shoot just put the icing on the cake and it was something I will never forget. Standing here looking at the mountain unveiling itself from the fog only to be covered again within minutes, I felt extremely fortunate to capture this moment on camera as well as take it in for myself. Scenes like this are why I travel to see these grand landscapes and they don't happen very often. It's amazing that we were at one point in the fog at the bottom, drove above it and found ourselves amongst the clouds. It was absolutely heaven. To give some sense of scale, I'm going to guess that the waterfalls to the left on the grassy slopes are a few hundred feet high. Simply the most beautiful scene I've ever come across.
Mount Rainier national park- Washington.
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At the crack of dawn, we were at one of Iceland's most incredible locations - Jökulsárlón, literally- glacier lagoon. I have never seen such an amazing place, and by luck, it was a clear morning, allowing the dormant volcano of Öræfajökull to recieve a wonderful alpine glow under the white moon. This image was the one of the first I shot there, and the magical light wasn't at its peak yet. But the surreal combination of blue and pink is still embedded deep in my mind. A lineup of beautiful glaciers was right on the lagoon's bank, as if they had decided to join us in watching the magic unravel.
If you'd like to experience and shoot this magical location, among many other incredible icy sceneries, you're welcome to join my upcoming 'Land of Ice' Iceland winter workshop taking place next January. The workshop is co-guided by renowned local Icelandic mountaineer and pro photographer Skarphedinn Thrainsson, and it will bring you to the most amazing locations for landscape photography in south Iceland. Please click the link for more details, and contact me with any questions about the workshop.
We came here on our first night in Iceland. The wind was very strong which make it hard to get sharp shots and keep the tripod steady, but I managed to get a few I was happy with. This was made up of 6 vertical photos - 3 for the land & 3 for the sky, then merged in Photoshop. On the left the sun is setting, on the right the moon is rising.
Wow, my first Daily Deviation A big thankyou for the DD suggestion and feature, and thanks to everyone for the views, comments and favourites
Update: I recently found out I won the Landscape category with this photo in Michael The Maven's 2012 International Photography Contest on michaelthemaven.com