~ When the rain comes down above the ridge, it gathers here to create this display of waterfalls and jagged peaks. A magnificent spot near Hengifoss, Iceland.
While I'm not a fan of the slanted horizon in landscape photography, this concept needed it. I imagined the flow of the water going against the eye of the viewer; from right to left. I hope you're feeling the need to stay above the water.
'Engulfed' was captured at Hedalen, Norway with the 550D at 10mm.
Circular polarizer, 0,8s | f/8 | ISO200
This magical place is aptly called ' the Fairy Pools'. I'm personally getting bored with HDR processing, so this one is done by hand. I took three images of this composition and masked each in Photoshop. When the exposure looked right across the picture, I edited the rest as one image, resulting in a less noisy, less grainy image and without the common HDR haloes. 'Fairy Pools' was shot during the early hours in the heart of the Cuillin, Isle of Skye, Scotland. With the D600 at 14mm.
1/40s | f/16 | ISO100
~ Rauðfeldsgjá gorge, Snæfellsnes, Iceland.
Well, I had no idea if it's wise to venture into this gorge by yourself. Scrambling up a set of cascades, trying to go deeper, I chased the lime-coloured light until I saw something lying there in an advanced state of decomposition. It looked like a fox did not get to his seagull meal at the top of this cavernous fissure. “Shake it off…”
Here I was looking for a cascade that would point nicely towards that light. With the subtle s-shaped canyon walls in the distance, I figured this was as far in as I needed to go to capture the essence of the gorge. I wouldn’t comfortably switch lenses here, but luckily I’ve recently started to work with the Tamron 15-30mm wide-angle lens, and it’s a belter. It isn’t as wide as my previous Samyang 14mm, but its sharpness comes close and you’ve got multiple focal lengths at your disposal. This is a couple of shots (vertorama) to take it all in. I’ve hand-stitched the resulting images and compressed them somewhat to retain a 3:2 aspect.
Thanks for looking.
~ Pouring among autumn colours in the temperate rainforest; Plodda Falls.
~ Solidified red lava lit by late sunlight.
~ Rosenlauistock and Kingspitz at the wet end of the Rosenlauischlucht, Switzerland.
Hope you like it! Thanks for having a look.
Shot near the Rosenlaui Schlucht, Berner Oberland, Switzerland. Some perspective blending and work to capture all this dynamic range while maintaining drama through luminosity masking. You know the drill.
Here's one from some time ago. This gushing stream is located above the Triberg waterfall in the German Black Forest; a place that still does its name justice.
~ A hole in the ground led to this hidden gem of a cave. A stunning display of light refracting in the steaming hot water. Makes you want to go for a swim, doesn't it? You'd better not. This geothermal pool is only just too hot for keeping your hand in it for longer than a couple of seconds.
~ Deadwood cascading down the slope of a lush mountain in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.
I'm pretty excited about sharing this one. Just this morning I went for a hike through the misty woodland in the Netherlands and felt a creative surge flowing through me when I saw these ancient beech trees on the slope of a vast dune.
That scene reminded me of a shot from earlier this year. One in which I had a hard time figuring out what to do with it. I guess that's my approach: Work on the easier ones first. This is that shot. It breathes the same atmosphere as this morning's outing, so it's a great day to show you guys this.
As per ususal, I took inspiration from the cinematography by the late Andrew Lesnie of the Hobbit trilogy here. Curves adjustments, creative dodging and burning. Oh, and these are multiple shots at various focus distances.
Shot in Wengwald, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
~ Sveinsstekksfoss, Iceland.
~ A dark, damp and jaw-droppingly gorgeous gorge. This is the Rosenlaui Gorge of Berner Oberland in Switzerland. Makes you wonder if there are some mystical powers at work near the end of the canyon, don't you think?
Hope you like it! Thanks for having a look.
Shot with the D750 at 35mm. Focus stacked and hand-blended (very complex) 9 exposures in Photoshop.
~ One of the subjects I fell in love with during the workshop in Lofoten was undoubtedly any of those frozen waterfalls that were dotted along the archipelago. From day one I vowed to make a stop at one that really struck me.