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The night before I had one of the best wild camps yet high up beneath a mountain in what was essentially an alpine meadow.

I started at 3 am to find a shot for sunrise but clouds on the horizon meant I had to wait a bit and I decided fairly late on to move to a view looking over Kirkjufell.

Kirkjufell is Iceland's most photographed mountain and I had intentionally avoided the shots that most landscape photographers tend to go for, it was nice to shoot it from a slightly different angle although I am sure this shot has been done before!
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Not far into our hike from Alftavatn to Emstrur in Iceland. Yes the moss is really that green!
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Wild Tor, Dartmoor on October 1st. A trip with :iconpastyguy:
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I have previously submitted a panorama from this night (i shot as many as i could with such fantastic light) but i chose the wrong set of images.
This was the first set while there was still the slightest amount of light on the foreground providing superb contrast.
So here is the re-edit, as an English landscape photographer the weather provides plenty of opportunity to go over old files.
Shot in April 2008 looking across to what i feel is an archetypal dartmoor panorama, high tor topped hills and rugged countryside.
The tor on the left is the moor's climbing frame haytor, everybody comes to clamber over it in some way as its so accessible and is a fantastic vantage point looking off the moor towards the coast. On the far right is hound tor inspiration for doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles, rippon Tor is in the middle.
11 vertical shots edited in LR3 stitched in PTGui tweeked in PS.
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some pretty intense direct sunlight and a heavy sky this made for a challenging shot.
I shot frames with the foreground exposed at single exposure stops with my finger covering the sun and so reducing the chances of flare.
i used a lee three stop grad and a single stop soft grad reversed and shot exposures to cover the range in the sky.
edited in lightroom then blended in photoshop.

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Thought it was high time i visited this stretch of coastline just above Newquay in Cornwall.
Its called bedruthan steps because of these large slate stacks that litter the beach not for the hundreds of steep steps you need to go down to get to the beach.
Unfortunately the gate is locked during the winter so theres no safe way to get to the beach in wet weather.
What struck me about this particular stack was its resemblance to a boot....
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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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Another shot from an evening on the western coast of Algarve last month.

The sky and light were lovely, the tide and light were receding from the long, flat beach of Castelejo, and to capture shots like this I was waiting for waves to come up the beach, then as they receded, running after them and setting up the tripod and camera before the next wave came in.
As the waves rolled back up the beach, I tripped the shutter, waited for the exposure to finish and quickly lifted the camera and tripod up and out of the water before the waves came over it.

I got very wet. It was a lot of fun :-)

A shot from later the same evening:



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Taken at Praia do Castelejo, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 (2 stop) hard NDG
1/3 sec | f22 | | ISO200 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.
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The Photo

One of the first photography books I ever bought, and one that had a huge influence on my landscape photography, was Joe Cornish's "First Light". It's still one of my favourite books, and one I regularly flick through for inspiration.

On the cover of that book is a magical beach, rocks in a raging sea with harsh mountain peaks rising out of the water across the bay. I've wanted to visit the place pretty much since I first bought the book.

So when I was in Skye for 3 days recently, making the long trip around the south east of the island to get to Elgol ("Ealaghol" in the local Gaelic) beach was pretty high up on the list of things I wanted to do. It's a long trek to get there (especially considering we were staying in the northern most part of the island) but the journey is beautiful, and Elgol, with it's views across the water of the Cuillin mountains, is absolutely stunning.

Of course, I'd hoped for a beautiful blast from the last rays of the sun to pick out the mountain sides before sunset. I'd hoped for colourful clouds...but in the end I got neither. Thick cloud cover obscured the sun and removed any chance of colourful skies....but the place still has an incredible atmosphere, and there was no way I was going to leave without getting one shot that I was happy with.

I took 7 exposures that evening (I take far fewer shots now than I used to), and this was the very first.
Elgol, like many places in Skye and the Highlands, is pretty high up on my "Really have to get back there one day and try and shoot it better" list.

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Taken at Elgol Beach, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Hoya ND400 9 stop ND | Lee 0.6 2 stop hard grad |
30 secs | f11 | 17mm

Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Resize for web PS CS3

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.

Also from Skye:



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Hello!

Here is a picture taken last week in the french alps from the summit of Saulire in the valley of Meribel.
I liked how the way the sweet light illuminated the snowy mountains, under the dark clouds...

Canon 5DmkII - EF 70-200f4L

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Great moment of the first sunrays touching the summit these high cliffs.

Vercors, France

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Autumn colors on the summit called "The Lambs", a well known mountain in Ecrins National Park, french Alps.

Ecrins National Park, Alps, France


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Landmannalaugar
Iceland

This image was taken from the top of Blahnukur overlooking the beautiful barren hills of Landmannalaugar. During summer time, buses from Reykjavik visit the area on a daily schedule along with other travellers with access to 4X4 vehicles. Some people made it in with regular cars but would have had a hard time with the roads for sure. We visted the area twice and after September 1, when many of the bus services stop, the area seemed a ghost town compared to a mere 3 weeks previously. It is the start of the Laugavegur trek as well which is documented in the video below.

Laguavegur Hike August 2010

Iceland Photoreel part 2

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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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Quiraing
Scotland

Onee of the many reaons Marianne and I decided to visit Scotland in 2010 was the movie Stardust. We both love the movie for its fantasy elements and of course, its remarkable panning landscape filmography. Much of it was shot on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and this scene on the Trotternish Peninsula in the North was featured heavily. We had based ourselves in Uig for three days to account for bad weather but even that was nearly not enough ! It was raining and blowing a gale when this shot was taken with only briefest moments of respite. The colours have been brought out in PP with the intent of making this look more like a painting than a photograph.

(The star referred to in the title is a reference to the movie - a scene where Michelle Pfeiffer's character is searching for Claire Danes, the fallen star)
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Infinite Journey, Left Fork of North Creek, Zion National Park, Utah. Life is good in Utah so far this fall! I hiked the famous Subway on Thursday with perfect color, light and water flow. It was a long and strenuous day, over 9 miles of tough canyon hiking, and then in the water for over 5 hours shooting. It was worth the exhaustion. Did the Narrows this afternoon with Ian and Alex and will be going up again tomorrow with a few clients.
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First light on the Potomac River after a night of heavy storms, 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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A large format shot from last October that I almost forgot to post. Shot at the Stellisee with the classic view of the Matterhorn. Please look at the larger version.

Shot with my 4x5" Tachihara Field Camera on Velvia 50.

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Water Level

For this one my tripod was submerged and the camera just 10" above the water surface. Thank god I have "Live View" now - otherwise composing this one would have been impossible.

Manual blend of 3 exposures.


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Location: Bärenschützklamm, Mixnitz, Austria [link]
Date: April 24th, 2010
Light Conditions: Sunny/Shadow
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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: 4.0 sec, 1 sec, 2.5 sec
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100

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

Filters: Hoya HD Circular Polarizer

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Dachstein Panorama

A panorama from about the same place as my previous shot. One again the Dachstein in the center of the shot.

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Location: Krippenstein, Austria [link]
Date: December 21th, 2010
Light Conditions: Sunrise
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Focal Length: 70 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100

Panorama: 4 Horizontal Images

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

Filters: Hoya Pro1 Digital Circular Polarizer Slim

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Dark Point Little Gibber Beach - Myall Lakes National Park - New South Wales, Australia.

Magical conditions make for stunning photos, simple as that! This shot was one of the most rewarding images from my trip to the North Coast. An impalpable sunset from one of the most mind blowing locations I have visited so far in my photography career. The surreality of this landscape is simply amazing and very diverse. Don't let the rolling dunes fool you into thinking this is an outback desert scene. Myall Lakes National Park is massive! This park includes one of the state's largest coastal lake systems, as well as over 40 kilometres of beaches, giant sand dunes and areas of forest catchment. I cannot wait for my next visit and the chance to spend more time exploring the place.

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Southport Marina - Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

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Here's a shot I forgot to post from a recent trip away to Forster in the Great Lake of NSW, Australia.

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I doubt there is a landscape in Southern African that has been photographed as much as the trees of Deadvlei and if something has been photographed that much then I have no desire to photograph it.
Despite that, I found myself heading for deadvlei in January of 2011. Gate times at Sesriem aren't exactly accommodating towards photographers. They open 45-60 minutes before sunrise and then you have a 60 minute drive and a 20 minute walk to get to the dead trees...if you adhere to the speed limit within the park that is. If you don't then you can make it in time for first light on the Western Dunes, as we did on this morning. My two travel companions immediately started shooting the iconic trees, while I wandered further into the pan and found these water drainage patterns along the Eastern boundary. There were many patterns that resembled different shapes, but I liked this tree the most for it's symbolism of photographing a tree at deadvlei that no one had photographed before...

Deadvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

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After shooting sunrise in Deadvlei on this morning, I arrived at a flooded Tsaucheb river crossing where everyone was impatiently waiting for the water to subside. After about two hours of waiting I decided to head back to the 4x2 parking lot, have lunch and wait for afternoon light to arrive. I had my lunch, a nap, some coffee and I got back in the car and headed back to the dune 45 area. There were heavy rains fast approaching from the East, so I decided to scout these pans just outside the 4x2 parking lot for a bit. The sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the scene in warm afternoon light for about two minutes. I folded out the tripod, put the camera on and attached the filter system as fast as I could with hands shaking from excitement. I got this shot and as I tried to compose one closer to the ground the light was gone...

Tsaucheb Valley Dunes, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
No filters

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Long exposure blurs thunderclouds over the mountains of Excelsior and a dead Acacia tree standing in a dune street

5D II
24-70mm
Lee grad
Lee big stopper

Excelsior Farm, Namib Rand, Namibia

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[Camargue - FRANCE]
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Moonlight over the magnificient Meije massif...

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An old panoramic that I haven't post-product.
I am about to do a very big update on my website... new "old" photos that I haven't shown...
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[Lac du Grand Plan - FRANCE]
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