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I'm back from my 6 week trip around America . Have to say its a pretty amazing place and so much variety with different landscapes to photograph . Came back with around 350 gigs of RAW images from the trip . Will defiantly be planning on going back to some of these locations in the near future .

One of the places I visited was Lake Tahoe , Have to say this would be one of my favorite places during the trip . It was really tranquil and landscape was amazing . This was a 7 image stitch of the lake .

Will have a lot more images coming over the next weeks .

My webiste is nearing completion as well so I have start a fan page which I will post specials deals and information on my photography
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I have had a few requests for larger size image for the use as wallpapers computer . So over the next few weeks will resize and uplpad selected images to my blog: [link] at the wallpaper page on (Link on the top right) which people will be able to use .

Blog: [link]

website : [link]

Face book : [link]

Twitter :[link]

Various images of mine are for sale on various finishes and sizes from Gloss and lustre, Metallic and Fuji Flex prints. Laminating and Mounting are available and framing service are available for local customers. Any enquires please contact me by email at kirkhille (@) westnet . com . au . For more information on my photographs you can visit my blog at kirkhille.wordpress.com/
All images are © Kirk Hille, All Rights Reserved. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, redistribute, or modify this image without my express consent
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Going through some more of my images from the United States and found this image of a creek I found in the Yosemite National park . Didnt quite get the angle I wanted as it was a little hike down a slop to it and was snowing and the rocks were slippery . Would have liked to get some vertical shots of this creek but the snow got really heavy so had to pack up and continue driving . Was a 7 image stitch taken with the Canon 5 D MK2 .

Have posted some other quick snaps from my trip here
[link]

My webiste is nearing completion as well so I have start a fan page which I will post specials deals and information on my photography
[link]

I have had a few requests for larger size image for the use as wallpapers computer . So over the next few weeks will resize and uplpad selected images to my blog: [link] at the wallpaper page on (Link on the top right) which people will be able to use .

Blog: [link]

website : [link]

Face book : [link]

Twitter :[link]

Various images of mine are for sale on various finishes and sizes from Gloss and lustre, Metallic and Fuji Flex prints. Laminating and Mounting are available and framing service are available for local customers. Any enquires please contact me by email at kirkhille (@) westnet . com . au . For more information on my photographs you can visit my blog at kirkhille.wordpress.com/
All images are © Kirk Hille, All Rights Reserved. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, redistribute, or modify this image without my express consent
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Just got back from 2 days of photographing some of Western Australia's amazing landscapes . I had a little bit of time tonight and quickly put this 3 image vertical stitch together . Would have to say from all the beach's I have seen Western Australia has got some of the bluest and cleanest waters .
Got pretty sunburnt that day as well , but I think the other photos will be worth it (will be saving a lot of them for the website)

My webiste is nearing completion as well so I have start a fan page which I will post specials deals and information on my photography [link]

Blog: [link]

website : [link]

Face book : [link]

Twitter :[link]

Various images of mine are for sale on various finishes and sizes from Gloss and lustre, Metallic and Fuji Flex prints. Laminating and Mounting are available and framing service are available for local customers. Any enquires please contact me by email at kirkhille (@) westnet . com . au . For more information on my photographs you can visit my blog at kirkhille.wordpress.com/
All images are © Kirk Hille, All Rights Reserved. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, redistribute, or modify this image without my express consent
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[Valais - SWITZERLAND]
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[Dévoluy - FRANCE]
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[Mount Matterhorn - SWITZERLAND]
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Here is the second photographe, taken about half an hour after the first one. Red and pink light of the sunrise-coloured clouds.

The two others images :
[link] - [link]
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First light over the hills of Val d'Orcia near San Quirico d'Orcia in Tuscany.

Val d'Orcia, Tuscany - Italy
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Magical light over the mountains in the Landmannalaugar area, Iceland.
Fortunately, I found these roots standing on the dark sand.
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Miancimu
Yunnan Province, China

In the far North West of Yunnan province lies the Kawakarpo Mountain range which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet. It also goes by the name of Kawagebo, Meilixueshan just to confuse matters. One of the reasons for its fame is that every clear dawn, the tips of the mountains catch the dawn light in breath taking fashion.
This mountain, Miancimu is 700m shorter than Kawakarpo but probably more attractive to photograph.
I took this shot about 200m down from the tourist platform where the view was just as good and free. -5 degrees outside made for alot of pushups and squats to keep warm while waiting. The image is 2 shots stitched in photoshop.
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Jokulsarlon
Iceland

Jokulsarlon in Iceland's southeast is surely one of the must not miss locations in a country of superlative natural wonder. Most people visit the lagoon but I found it just as interesting on the beach where fragments of icebergs are washed up on the black sand. The wonderful thing about icelandic summers is how long the poost-sunset light goes on for. We thought we were too late after shooting at the lagoon but stayed here until just before dark. The movement is visible in the more distant icebergs still in the sea
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Lomagnupur
Iceland

Marianne and I are leaving for a 3 month holiday as of tomorrow morning. As a farewell post, another image from last year's trip to Iceland. This was taken from a bridge over the Skeidararsandur region looking back toward the cloud shrouded mountain of Lomagnupur. I wonder if the scenery has changed since the recent eruptions!

When I get time on the road, I might try to upload some images as we go.
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Dolomite Spikes

The wonderful view back into the Val di Fiscalina just a few minutes before sunset.
I reworked this one from scratch as I only had a B/W version of it so far and felt the colors deserve another try.


FULL VIEW PLEASE

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Location: Val Fiscalina - Dolomites, Italy [link]
Date: October 01st, 2009
Light Conditions: Sunset
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f/3.4
Focal Length: 50 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
Aperture: 11
ISO: 50

Tripod: Feisol CT-3402
Tripod Head: Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Filters:
- Hoya HD Circular Polarizer
- Lee Graduated Neutral Density 0.6 Hard



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For Peaks

Four wonderful peaks of the Styrian "Gesäuse". From left to right - Admonter Reichenstein, Sparafeld, Kalbling and Riffel. I've already been on the middle two and will add the left one this summer.

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Location: Admont, Styria, Austria [link]
Date: June 04th, 2010
Light Conditions: Sunset
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm f/3.4
Focal Length: 35 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec, 0.4 sec, 0.8 sec, 1.6 sec
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100

Tripod: Feisol CT-3402
Tripod Head: Acratech Ultimate Ballhead

Filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer

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This description was created by a little tool called PhotoInfo.
It was programmed by Erich Jarz -> [link]
You can download it here for free -> [link]
For feedback send me a note via my deviant page -> [link]
ENJOY!!!
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Morning Rays

Another overlooked shot from a recent hike.

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Location: Ennstaler Hütte [link]
Date: August 01st, 2008
Light Conditions: Sunrise
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di
Focal Length: 75 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100

Tripod: Feisol CT-3402
Tripod Head: Benro KB-1 Ball Head

Filters:
- Hoya Pro1 Digital Circular Polarizer Slim
- Lee Graduated Neutral Density 0.9 Soft

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This description was created by a little tool called PhotoInfo. You can download it for free at [link] ... for feedback send me a note via my deviant page ... [link]
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"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble."
-Macbeth

Excelsior Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. I used a stack of neutral density filters to lengthen my exposures to capture the motion of the wind-blown steam rising from this remarkable boiling spring.

Visit my website to see more Yellowstone images: [link]
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Above the clouds in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Streaking clouds over Mount Fitz Roy at twilight, recorded during a 30-second exposure. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.
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Beyond the trail to Fitzroy Basecamp, Argentine Patagonia.
I could hear falling water in the distance so I decided to hike cross country down to a canyon away from the trail to Fitzroy basecamp. When I got down to the river, I found this beautiful series of cascades rimmed with fresh ice after a cold autumn night. A few days later I got up at 3am and planned to hike solo back to this location for sunrise. As I came around a bend in the trail, my headlamp illuminated the eyes of a crouching puma, only a few feet away next to the trail. I was alone, it was pitch black, and the body language of the puma convinced me to slowly back away and abandon my plans for sunrise...
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Lencois Maranhenses Sand Dunes, Brazil.

Passing clouds filter the tropical sun, throwing brushstrokes of light across an endless sea of dunes.
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Lencois Maranhenses Dunes, Northeast Brazil.

A powerful thunderstorm darkens the sky over the dunes of Lencois Maranhenses National Park. I spent three days trekking barefoot fifty miles across the dunes in May, 2010. 'Lencois Maranhenses' or 'the sheets of Maranhao' are an immense coastal dunefield near the delta of the Amazon River. The drenching rains from powerful equatorial thunderstorms fill the depressions in the dunefield with crystalline fresh water lakes which makes the area unique among the great landscapes of the world. The dark shadows of passing storm clouds create spectacular patterns of light on the snow white dunes, illuminating the clear aquamarine lakes while cracks of thunder break the silence of the landscape, adding to the surreal beauty. I was utterly captivated by the delicate patterns in the sand, the tropical breeze, the silence, the star filled skies and the immense emptiness of this amazing land.
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Heavens of the Ancient Frontier...a Camelthorn tree below the Namibian night sky with a shooting star visible against the milkyway

5D mk II
16-35mm mk II
ISO3200
f/2.8
25 seconds
Tree painted with a combination of direct and diffused light from a normal flashlight. Tsaris Mountains of Namibia

All rights reserved. This may not be used or reproduced in any way
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Namib Rand, Namibia

5D II
16-35 II
0.6 hard grad
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Rain evaporates from the sky before it can touch the barren Namib sand on an Autumn morning.

Pro Namib Rand, Namibia
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NOTE: You can buy this as a print and help me buy a new pair of lee-filters (reason described below) Call it a good cause :-) www.theuntappedsource.com/details.php?prodId=11308

This was a pretty cool evening, literally. I put the climbing skins on my skis and started the long climb towards the peak. As i left the forest i quickly became aware of the wind. It was furious! It came right down the mountain with full force...straight in my face. I struggled for about an hour climbing with a damn hurricane in my face.

I reached the area i had in mind. Despite a clear blue sky, snow was everywhere. The whole mountain was a white monster. Finally!! I knew that i had the chance...finally i had the chance to get the wintershot of my dreams. I spent a few hours on the mountain looking for compositions and openings with regards to the wind. I promise you..this was NOT an easy shot.

This is my favourite from the trip. If i were to choose 1 pic from my portfolio that i was really happy with...this is it. This is a shot that defines me and my photographic taste more than any other shots. Like my close friend Håkon said...screw the aurora borealis. This is the shit...I managed to get the sweeping snow just as i wanted it. The location is stunning, with a fantastic view and the light was magical.

The downside; 10 seconds before i shot this one, 2 of my lee-filters blew out of my hand and within two seconds they were long gone. The edge you see here is followed by a dramatic drop. I watched my filters fly like two birds over that edge... I`m just glad i saved my 0.9 filter, since thats the one i use 90% of the time.

But i honestly feel that it was worth it....

I`ll dig out the exact exif later. But i used a 0.9 soft lee grad & polarizer.

Hope you like it...


-Arild-

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Homepage: www.arildheitmann.com

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A shot from early this month...and as always..please view large

After struggling through kneedeep fresh snow for quite some time i reached this partially open river. This was a particular composition i had been trying to shoot for several months, but the conditions have never been the way i`ve visioned it in my head. This time everything fell into place...

After shooting this one i struggled for another hour to get to another previsualized spot, just to find out it was useless...So i went back to this spot, followed the river downstream and witnessed an intense aurorashow. Managed to get a good one of the show...

I`ve also put up a blog. Something i never thought i would do, but i figured it would be a practical place to post longer stories and info about my photographic expeditions. Feel free to visit: [link]

Have a wonderful day all you great shooters!

-Arild-

Exif:
canon 5d & 17-40mmL
80 sec (covered the sky for the majority of the exposure)
f4
17mm
iso 1600
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My fear of the dark are well-documented. Beginning of last week i challenged this fear on a whole new level...

The aurora forecast was promising and i decided to do my best at capturing this phenomenon. As darkness was approaching i put on my climbing skins and started the long climb towards one of the many mountains in the area. First i had to walk through the mountainforest, with crooked creepy trees. I distracted myself by constantly looking up to the sky instead of looking around for ghosts. Once i got over the treeline i was forced to forget my fears for about an hour...it`s impossible to be afraid when your climbing up a ridiculously steep mountain... I`d rather be exhausted than scared shitless :-)

Eventually i reached the area just under the peak. My original plan was to climb all the way up to the top, but i was too exhausted to even consider such a thing.

My eyes wander across the beautiful mountainscape. The sky was getting darker, but my eyes had adjusted enough to get a good view of the scenario. Suddenly i see a creature about 100 meters ahead of me. A characteristic shape quicly moving across the white mountain. The illusive wolverine... Not the most common creature to see. I`ve spent a day or two in the mountains over the years, but this was only the second time i`ve come across this cute predator. What a nice start to the evening....

There was no sign of the aurora yet. I looked up at the clear blue sky, and when i say blue i really mean blue... I saw a white cloud and started to worry that clouds would come rolling in. I stared at this weak cloud when it suddenly started moving. Not moving like you would expect from a regular cloud, it started dancing...up and down and from side to side. When i realized it was the aurora i must have looked like Hank Moody in the company of 20 naked strippers....

I then started the search for compositional spots. Really not that difficult in such a place. I fired away frame after frame, constantly moving around. Then the action really exploded. The aurora was more intense than i`ve ever seen before, and i`ve lived up here my entire life. It only lasted for a few minutes, but i`ll remember it for quite some time...

At one point the light would come straight up from the peak, like there was someone doing nuclear testing just behind it. I shot at iso 800 at f/4 and shutterspeeds down to 2 secs. The landscape became significantly brighter and i just smiled for myself... This is 4 seconds of concentrated northern lights beaming up from the highest peak. I have another shot where it seriously looks like the whole mountain is about to go off, but i`ll save that for later...

A couple of hours later i was standing at the same spot i shot this one [link] when i heard footsteps in the snow. The snow was windswept and crunchy so i could hear everything quite clearly. I froze when i saw the silhouette of the wolverine just about 50 meters in front of me. It just stood there watching me for a while before it disappeared. 10 minutes later the same thing happened...this time it appeared closer. My heart was pounding... I`ve never heard of a wolverine attacking humans, but in the dark bent over my camera i could pretty easily be mistaken for a big fat reindeer. I dont have horns, or anything that could resemble horns, at least not on my head, but still.... Kinda like surfers attacked by sharks thinking they were seals :-)

I packed my gear and rushed towards the steep mountainside where i had planned to ski down. In complete darkness with a wolverine circling me in... I somehow managed to get home safely without breaking any bones or becoming the nightly meal for the wolverine....ahhh...good times!

17mm
iso 800
f/4
4 sec

Have terrific weekend everyone!

Cheers!

-Arild-


Homepage: www.arildheitmann.com


Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Arild-Heitmann-Photography/2685164..
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One more image from the epic sunrise on Dolly Sods this past weekend.

Check out a small gallery of recent work from the West Virginia Highlands - [link]
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Another one from last nights epic sunset in Great Falls National Park.

Visit Joseph Rossbach/Impressions of Nature - [link]
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Sunset over the peaks of the Continental Divide from Blue Lake deep in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado.
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