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Kirkjufell
Iceland

This was one of the last shots of a beautiful evening just outside Grundarfjordur when the weather finally began to clear. The previous 2 days had been washed out with solid rain. I used manual blending of 4 exposures and a photomatix produced image in this one. In coming weeks, I hope to present a video on Iceland flicking through every picture I took there in 2010 case people were curious!

This is an example of the 'photoreel' videos I've been working on : from Nepal in this case
Nepal Photoreel 2200 images in 11 minutes

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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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Godafoss,
Iceland

Godafoss in the north of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a photographic trip. Marianne and I were very fortunate to encounter this waterfall with the prevailing wind blowing back into the falls which allowed us the rare freedom of shooting without spray interfering. I shot this one with an ND500 and found out that later, Marianne took a vertical shot of the same scene .
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A one minute exposure at dawn looking over Mather Gorge in Great Falls National Park, Virginia
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Epic conditions at Triple Falls in Glacier National Park, Montana. Back home for a few weeks from extended trips. Many more images to come!!!
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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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Magical light over the mountains in the Landmannalaugar area, Iceland.
Fortunately, I found these roots standing on the dark sand.
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A few minutes after the storm, some rays of light formed a rainbow near the cliffs of Mount Aiguille, in Vercors Natural Park. The green plants in the foreground and the yellow/red light illuminating the clouds gave a really particular athmosphere to the scene.

Vercors, Alps, France

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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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Autumn in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. To learn more about this image, visit my daily photoblog: [link]
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Late light streams through mist-shrouded trees, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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Devil's Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. To learn the story behind the image, check out my photoblog. I just launched a new column called "Off the Beaten Path," dedicated to far away places, once-in-a-lifetime moments, and those rare flashes of inspired thinking. Follow the link! [link]
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EDIT: Finalized the photo!

EDITx2: I thought I finalize the photo...thanks to Hougaard [link] for suggesting a blue channel blend which enabled me to blend the halo out w/ an easy mask! Woohoo.

YES...the sunrise was this nuts.

Same sunrise as "Eyes of Wainiha"

2 exposure blend.

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View from Hanalei Valley Overlook just past sunrise.

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Thanks for the time and c/c!

aF

Sorry for the update for my watchers but edited out the other photographer...curious what you all thought :-) both versions on my flickr
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"Cloud Factory"

The Kalalau overlook can offer tremendous views or a vertigo inducing cloudy wonderland. On this day we had both. As the clouds lifted to reveal the valley I used my 10stop filter to render the scene with the movement of the clouds. The clouds...being formed in front of our eyes.

Thanks for the c/c and support!

aF

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I was about to call it a day and head home, wasn't in the best mood, until I turned around and saw this ripper of a rainbow. As soon as I saw it my eyes basically popped out their sockets, and my heart started pounding a thousand beats per second. This is the third rainbow in a week that I've been lucky enough to capture... That must be good luck right... Anyway, enjoy.

Third Headland - Urunga - NSW, Australia.

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Coastline enveloped by sea spray during the golden hour, after an afternoon shower.

Golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour) is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. Typically the lighting is more diffused because the sun is near the horizon, so the sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing its intensity.

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I decided to head out to the Never Never at Gleniffer this afternoon. The sky was looking promising as I was driving inland, then when I stopped at the spot it started to pour down with rain. I decided to wait for it stop, so I sat in my car playing on my phone. After about an hour the rain stopped so I put my shoes on and headed for this spot, not expecting a rainbow but to my surprise I was blessed with this magical colour. It is my first rainbow I've been lucky to capture. As most of you know they don't hang around for long so I was lucky to get this shot. I really loved how sunset light lit up the tops of the tree, gave it a somewhat magical feel. It feels good to witness something so beautiful and pure. In summer I swim in these swimming holes so this shot means a lot to me. Enjoy.

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Iguazu Falls in full flood after the heaviest rainfall in 25 years.
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"You hear it before you see it. You feel it before you hear it, through the soles of your feet, in the chambers of your soul—a low rumble, the very ground thrumming beneath you. Step to the edge. A gust of wet wind and the earth falls away in this great leap into the abyss." -Jeff Rennicke from National Geographic

Runoff from the heaviest rains in 25 years funnel over the cliffs of Iguazu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet. This is the first image of a new series from South America. I spent the last 2 months traversing the wilderness continent, from the windswept of dunes of northern Brazil to the crystalline icebergs of Argentine Patagonia. I came face to face with a puma in the middle of the night below Fitzroy, trekked 50 miles barefoot across a spectacular wilderness of sand dunes, and was lucky enough to get on the first train back to Machu Picchu after the disastrous floods of the past winter. I've got lots of stories and images and share, and I hope you enjoy the ride.

Thanks in advance for any commentary.

-Mike
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The warm rays of sunrise begin to burn off the morning fog over the lost city of Machu Picchu. I was lucky enough to be on the first train back to the ruins after the disastrous floods of winter, 2009. This was the first day in nearly 4 months that the park had received any visitors. And it was empty at sunrise!
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3 years I was waiting for this...
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Buachaille Etive Mor, Highlands, Scotland.
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Lochan na h-Achlaise sunrise.
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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-


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Aurora Borealis a couple of days ago...A stunning sight.

Magic cloth technique. Hiding the sky with a cloth for the majority of the exposure, the letting the sky expose for the last 20 secs...

Hope you like it as much as i do...

print: [link]

-Arild-

Canon 5d
17-40mmL
126 sec
f/4
17mm
iso 800
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From yesterdays expedition...

It`s impossible for people who have never seen a full blown explosion of the northern lights to fully understand the intensity and extreme beauty that this thing capable of...

In this one i basically kept things as they were in camera with regards to colours and such.

I was standing in the middle of this river...yes right in the middle of it. Miles away from people and other distractions. I was waiting...armed and ready. Things were quiet. The aurora was constantly present, but too weak for me to bother shooting. Within seconds things changed. A green pulse exploded in the sky..the dark landscape suddenly turned significantly brighter and my heart started beating like crazy. I exposed for about 30 seconds before removing the black card that covered the sky and then let the sky expose for another 15 seconds. The aurora moved insanely fast across the sky. If you look at the frame, it moved from the upper left corner to the right corner within a second. Sick stuff...

Is it this green, you may wonder? Yes it certainly IS this green! The activity was extreme for a minute. I`m just happy i was in this amazing location..armed and ready for such a show.

During the action my gloves fell in the river and when i recovered them they froze to two solid iceblock within a few minutes :-)

Hope you like this little contribution...

Cheers!

-Arild-
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First submission in a while, been away from DA. Apologies for not keeping up with comments and stuff

The Photo

So here’s a shot from the high plain of Piano Grande in the Sibillini Mountains of Umbria.
The tiny village is Castelluccio, population of a couple hundred people, and a handful of mangy dogs. This place is cut off for a couple of weeks a year from the snow, there’s one road in and one road out. It also has some of the most dramatic views over one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.

This shot was taken as the last light of the day shone between two peaks and picked out the village. I had to hang around waiting for about 15 minutes for the light to do what I wanted.
I used a telephoto lens to compresses the village against the distant mountain side.

There’s lots more shots from the same area and Umbria here [link]
Title taken from Steve McCurry's awesome photography book.

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Taken on the Piano Grande, Umbria, Italy
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 80-400mmVR
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya Pro1 CPL
1/750 | f5.6 | 400mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
Any questions, please note me.
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After I returned from Scotland I didn't spend enough time editing the shots, and this one in particular was rushed...I was never happy with, so I've gone back and done it again. This has a darker foreground..in the last one it was much brighter which reduced the contrast and drama in the shapes of the landscape and the light, and I've also cropped it a little on the right.

A shot looking east into the rising sun from the Quiraing, Isle of Skye
It's a very very common location, but the place we stayed was 5 minutes driving from here...so what are you going to do? NOT shoot it?

I had wonderful conditions that morning, the sun was mostly obscured, but as the cloud wasn't too heavy, there was still plenty of colour in the sky and breaks in the cloud for sun beams.

From the exact same spot I captured my last submission about 15 minutes later with a telephoto lens.


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Taken from the Quiraing, Northern Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.9 3 stop hard grad |
30 secs | f11 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

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One of the problems about going to places that I've seen photographed a hundred times before, is that I always have in my head an idea of exactly which shot I want to get from a location that I've never actually even stood in.

In my experience, it's rare that nature conspires to give you exactly what you want, and quite often the location itself isn't quite what you expected (case in point, the famous trees in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany are right next to a major road with heavy trucks screaming by) and it's harder to compose the shot I want than I thought it would be.
So with places that are far away from home and require a holiday to get there, I end up compromising, making do with the conditions I get for the few days I'm there, and promising myself that "I'll come back one day and do it better"

So this shot of the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye is the exception. It's one of the very few times that everything has come together perfectly, and I've seen the shot I've been carrying around with me in my head for a couple of years, materialise right infront of the camera.
The light sweeping across the landscape only lasted for a few seconds...but it was enough :-)

Pity the same thing didn't happen when I made the trek up the Old Man of Storr and out to Elgol beach. Oh well, I'll go back there one day and do them better......

Same morning and location as:



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Taken from the Quiraing, Northern Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.9 3 stop hard grad |
30 secs | f13 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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