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I take a ride with my bike and found this place. Yes this is January, the darkest and saddest looking month in the year, but sometimes this month shows us his beautiful site and so we going to know that spring comes.
My intention wasn't to capture the northern lights last night, the idea was to capture the stars, but well it was kinda hard capturing only stars with this aurora veil stretching over the sky. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that this wasn't planned
The title is a follow-up to my Take Me Home, just to be as funny as that is
I'll start here with my favourite shot from Giants Causeway or lets call it my favourite shot of our trip to ireland last year. What makes this my favourite was not only the light, but the boy walking to the tip of the causeway and then for a few seconds standing the perfect pose for my photo.
It was a magic sunset and I'm glad I was able to capture some of this magic.
PS: I have a video tutorial describing my complete processing workflow on one of the photos from my Ireland trip if you're interested:
This is the view from the top of Winsford Hill on Exmoor over looking the Punch Bowl. I went up there two mornings on the trot, which meant I had to haul myself out of bed at 4am and drive a total of 160 miles to get this image. The view from up here is stunning, and well worth the drive and the two hour wait for the mist to clear, and to think I nearly turned round and went home when I hit the fog on my way up onto the moor.
Sorry for the prolonged absence from dA. Life has been incredible busy of late with weddings, home renovations, work publications, and of course, Charlotte taking up most of my time. I've recently acquired a 5dmk3 and hope to revisit Iceland in winter to take high iso images of aurora in particular. This one was taken during our 2010 trip which is filled with fond memories.
Marianne and I will be heading off to New Zealand for 3 weeks at the end of April and we can't wait to test out the new camera's abilities! Happy Easter everyone
Pen Y Fan is the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons and in southern Britain. At 886m it is diminuative by continental standard but can still provide spectacular views and unforgiving conditions.
Photographically 2012 did not get off to a good start for me. Of the trips I have been on perhaps 25% have produced any images at all. It's hard to keep going when you keep hitting bad weather! Our hike up to Pen Y Fan was no better. Freezing rain made for quite unpleasant walking conditions and my waterproof shell literally became a shell of ice! Once the tent was up (on the summit of Pen Y Fan because I try not to do things in half measures) we were fine though. It was cold but down jackets and sleeping bags soon warm you up, as does hot chocolate with a spot of whisky! The night went well and I got up every 3 hours to check the weather (it was cloudy but still all night). By 5.30am a gap had appeared on the eastern horizon and with the high clouds overhead an wonderful sunrise became almost certain.
Getting out the tent revealed just how cold it had been overnight with ice covering the tent but photography was the only thing on my mind. Donning my crampons I set off around Pen Y Fan in search of compositions....
5dmkII, 17-40L, ISO100, f11 5 vertical frames at 17mm bracketed with a 3 stop range. Stitched in PTGui and blended in Photoshop CS4
You can read a blog about what it took to get this image here: [link]
Here's another one of our first encounters back in Iceland, this time we were really lucky to get a nice display of northern lights! Some parts of the aurora literally danced above our heads, really quick so that this part of the show was only meant for our eyes. This all happened close to the Dýrhólaey lighthouse, which is close to Vik, where we also found a breathtaking coastline as the perfect foreground. Enjoy
This mood just fits perfect for the current rather cold and desolate weather we have in south Germany. I think this glacier lagoon called Jökulsárlón was one of the most impressive scenes I've witnessed in Iceland. It's so surreal and it always changes its look, only a few hours are enough and you get a completely different arrangement of icebergs, because there is a small channel which runs into the sea constantly drawing the icebergs into the sea. Especially during the quiet nights this place can be quite mysterious because of the cracking noise when icebergs break apart or when they run ashore. Follow me on Facebook: facebook.com/philipp.lutz.photography Follow me on G+: Philipp Lutz @ G+
When the sun is just between the horizon and thick clouds, in a thin band of clear sky, it's a great situation to witness surreal sceneries. This year, the autumn weather is particulary capricious, not like the previous years when it felt much more easier to catch some good scenes. Yesterday's morning we finally succeeded to see a good sunrise after several tries in vain recently. It was particulary short but intense, from this spot there was just the right space of clear sky to hold the sun entirely. Thirty minutes after this, the sky was already totally grey, as in the previous days. It felt like this sunrise could not have happened, it's the first time I see a scene so "precisely defined" in time. Hence the "phase" feeling.
After the heavy rain from summer storms, fog covers the landscape with the fresh of the night. When the sun rises up, some truly magic atmospheres can be experienced in the woods. This day it only last some minutes because clouds rapidly hid the sun, but it was nice to witness this brief surreal scene. Shot 4 days ago.
This is why I go up the mountain every day, and it makes things more fun when able to capture such cool shapes within the aurora.
Oh an may i add, it has been some heavy days lately, have to dress for standing still, which means when moving up a mountain with all the camera gear it is quite hard. But it is all worth it for a shot like this, I am very proud of this cause I feel I was finaly able to capture the aurora where it speaks for itself with almost no foreground help.
For the post processing: contrast +30, clarity +32, lower by 300 temp to bring forth the stars, increased whites and blacks by a smidge, reduced the purple saturation a tad, lens correction. Used hyperfocal distance to get everything in focus, so wasnt much need for sharpening really, but added some to it.
Jordan Roberts Photography Death Valley National Park
This shot was last minute on our way to Badwater in Death Valley. We were greeted by an epic sunset of a sandstorm moving in over us. Earlier in the day we had been exploring some abandoned mines outside of the park when sunset time came around. This is taken of the southern Panamint Range south of Badwater in Death Valley.
What you're seeing is a sandstorm in the valley. The sand being blown upward is creating the multi-colored effect on the mountains (it's not HDR) and creates interesting luminosity around the ridge. Enjoy!
Phu Tubberk is a very popular spot in Winter. It offers a very scenic view of mountain range and nearby towns. I took this photo around 5:30am. I really like the light trails on the ground, both on the road leading to the mountain top and the highway (the farther one).
At -30 degrees celsius every step you take sounds like its louder than the last, but it is very interesting to photograph when its that cold, especialy the light seems to change a little, everything twinkles a bit more than usual.
Image captured in Nordreisa, Troms, Northern Norway. Nikon D810, 15mm.
The moonlight really changes the mood of any night, and in particular on very cold almost clear nights like this. I really felt drawn in by the mountains in the distance, and that being my main focus I used the road which had a clear path to them then added a very wide vignette to keep the brightness mainly at center.
Image captured on Kvænangsfjellet, Troms, Northern Norway. Nikon D810, 15mm.