I still have a ton of stuff to go through but here are some more of my favorites.
I still have a ton of stuff to go through but here are some more of my favorites.
These are just great Terry!!! Fantastic.
Amaaaaaazing & beauuuuuutiful scenery, must go there! Love them all Terry....
Where was the last shot taken and what is the red rock?
Just great Terry. I have a couple of favorites from those but all really lovely. Can't wait to see more. Beautiful part of the world with its own rather 'other worldliness'
Okay theses are great and i know you most likely ran these threw the computer pretty fast. But as your fearless leader i would love for you to go back and reprocess some of these . I see some REALLY great shots after some elbow grease applied. I know you will agree with me. But the shooting end is there.
A bunch of the other shots were around the general area but really in Landmannalaugar which is an unbelievable area.
The mountains are rhyolite.
Thanks Dale, Charlie and Diane. Great trip. So much left to sort through and work on. Will keep me busy for quite a while.
Before leaving one of our fearless leaders was trying to convince me to take (which meant buy) a Think Tank backpack. I didn't give in and took Andy Biggs' Kiboko bag. Need to send Andy an email as the backpack is simply outstanding (we had 2 on the trip and a third who owns is regretted not bringing it along). It is so well thought out and sorted out I just love it. While the thought was that it was going to be too big, I didn't find that at all. In addition, the waist and chest straps made a huge difference in hiking with the bag. Walking in a lava field and lots of other places in Iceland is not simple.
1) I am glad I only went with one Sony body with the backup being a micro 4/3 system. Used the 24-70 and 70-300 a lot. Sigma 12-24 was important but not used that much. The 135 f1.8 could have stayed home. I left the 24-105 at home and probably should have taken it. When I look at the Canon equivalent lens the Sony is less than half the size. Love the in body stabilization. I have one Sony glitch that I need to sort out. It was user error but I filled the CF with puffins. To keep going I switched to the memory stick. When that was full, I pulled a new CF card. I think the memory stick actually got reformated by mistake as "card in use" probably wasn't switched back on the menus. Lesson learned is just use CF and make sure to get some really big ones.
Micro 4/3 - loved having it there with me. The G1 is much more practical with the articulating screen and EVF took the Pany 7-14, 14-45, 45-200, 25 lux. Also took the two Oly kit lenses and a Leica M mount 50 lux. Never touched anything other than the Panny 7-14, Oly 14-42 and the Panny 45-200. Kept trying to lift the E-P1 to eye level. I did enjoy having the video of the E-P1 which I started using too late into the trip. The small light body was easy to carry when the walking was more precarious. The 7-14 lens on both cameras is fantastic. I like ultra wide shots.
Grad Neutral density filters were a must and I had to borrow. Will be first on my list to acquire. A three stop is a must. (polarizer and ND are also musts for the many waterfalls/streams/rivers.
The "nexto" for backup seems to do a good job. Will be looking into one soon.
What I NEVER thought I would say....video! I have a couple of fun ones from the trip to work on learning iMovie (taken with Oly). There were definitely instances where video footage was fun to take and could be used creatively. After this trip (we did have a 5DII along as well), I can definitely see the convergence of stills and video.
More as I think of it.
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I wish I had some of those raws to process, all I have lately is a bunch of model shots that get me into trouble.
Same here Bob , I would love to process these up.
Not sure if I should feel flattered or say "ouch" about my first attempt at processing.
I think you should feel flattered. I think the photos came out superbly, and of course, with time any file will improve, but I certainly did not see anything to make me think, "ooh, she really needs to work on these." I think what Guy and Bob were probably trying to say was that they look great as they are now, but they will be amazing after you have had a chance to sit down and work on them.
The first time I visited Iceland, I spent nearly six months processing and tweaking the images I took in 5 days. The country is very fertile photographic ground! Now that I live here, I have given up on processing images completely. I just take them now. I have a backlog of thousands of images I just have not gotten around to doing!
I also found it interesting that you noted video -- I have been intrigued by the possibilities of it on the EP-1 -- it seems to work very very well, and of course you have all those manual focus Leica lenses working great for video. It is an interesting possibility....There are times when it is very difficult to demonstrate something in a photo that would be simple with a video. The best example I can think of is being out in the country here some times, you just want to spin around and show that in every direction it is amazing.
Have a great trip home.
I specially liked the ice duck, and the last landscape with the geothermals.
Interesting kit talk too - I'm not surprised about the 135 - it's great if you need the speed or want the narrow dof, but if you're trecking it's either a zoom or a lot of lens changing.
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It's really about how you like to shoot too. I tend to like primes. Since I bought the 135/2 AFD, I have not picked up the 70-300, or frankly any of my other lenses longer than 70mm.
And after seeing that Gura Gear bag when I met you, I really want one. It reminds me a bit of a deconstructed lowe-pro nature trekker. That is the best carrying photo backpack I have had, but it is bulky, heavy, and slow to work out of. But for lugging something on an actual hike, particularly on the rocky landscape here, none of my other photo bags come close. The gura gear looks like it would have the same stability as the nature trekker, but be so much lighter and easier to work out of. I would get one, but the shipping to Iceland and 25% tax on an already expensive bag don't strike me that well. I'll just wait until I get a chance to leave the country again...
Terry, reading this is like viewing a super "travelog" and practical photography report all in one! Very interesting and informative, it's terrific that you got to see and capture so much of Iceland.
Completely in love with SO many of your shots, just can't say enough great words about them. Really love the ice duck and the sheep at the foot of the mountain ... all the landscapes are magnificent.
Happy you were so pleased with your new bag, too, despite having to pack it in NY!
Be warned, I'm going to be hounding you to sell me some prints!
Terry, I know you used the Y strap with the G1 on the southwest workshop. I wonder if you did the same during the Iceland workshop or if you carried the cam in your bag and pulled it out as needed? Probably should ask this in another thread but since you've brought up gear, etc.--thought it would be appropriate.
Also wonder--do you have additional clip to attach/detach from Y? I'm thinking of the 'hook' from Leicagoodies.
I woulda if I coulda !!!!! I made one idiot packing mistake and that was forgetting the Y strap! Arrrgh. Part two I always use the Leica goodies hook with the Y strap. They are a very good combo together.
It is a great place. Very high up on the list of where I want to return to. I would want to do the trip with someone like Daniel Bergmamn our leader. He is intimately familiar with every area and is expert at traversing the streams and rivers we needed to cross. I can't wait to get to my big monitor with these and to put a reall slideshow together and tackle a blurb book.
Terry, you're a star. These are all really really good. Kudos!
After knowing what you went through with a tripod, there were definitely moments that were so windy a tripod would have been useless. A braced handhold was the only way to go. Ahh I just got home and there are so many spots that I want to revisit and have another go at.
Very impressive set, Terry; you clearly has a good time -- Iceland has been on my 'wish list' for years, I just didn't realise how windy it is.
Next week for the PPed pix?
I would prefer to be an 'abstract photographer' in places like Iceland, rather than one who is interested in the specifics of the scene. Sort of like Turner in the first case, and then people like Patrick Heron, who worked hard to escape the figurative and work only with the effects of colour, light and basic form. When I go back to the shots I took there I want more and more not to have detail, just light and shape - and that is ironic given the gear I was trying to use!
I think I understand what you are saying. So much of what I like and am trying to work with are they layers of texture and color. For instance I have shots standing a lava field that go into green hills and then glaciers etc. the texture and color all different in each layer. Also, the textures in some to the geothermal areas I haven't even begun to deal with yet.
I know this needs a lot of processing but where have you ever seen such naturally forming colors....
for me, you have nailed 'the landscape problem'. Which is that the more beautiful / remarkable the scene is, the less I can find to say about it.
In the final analysis, it's why I'm not really interested in MF or LF - because it's all so deliberate; and whatever I find in landscapes is much more like the madeleine biscuit - intangible and ephemeral - grasp it before it's gone. The first shot is always the best - the minute conscious thought is applied, whatever magic there might have been is gone.
On the other hand, give me 8 am on Pednevounder beach and I can get strangely literal!
Terry - that shot has the makings of a wonder, and it looks as though you've got the exposure just right to make a wonder!
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Terry, here's a Heron stripe painting.
Jono and I both live part time near each other in Cornwall, which is where Heron made this work, and where the light is quite similar to Iceland - ever changing, often both dramatically and subtly at the same time.
There's a great story attached. He spent years trying to escape the figurative and worked very hard both aesthetically and critically to move towards form and colour and away from the literal: after a while he made the stripe works and felt that they somewhat achieved his aims. Then he woke one morning, looked at the view from his house and realised that the stripe works were entirely figurative representations of the layers of sea and cloud he saw every day. Back to the easel!
Your Iceland work is really nice because it uses, very well, the tendency of those landscapes to dissolve into semi-abstract. I loved the M8 more than the Phase gear for this because of the way it is both accurate and lyrical!
You have some beautiful pics Terry. Can't wait to see more.
Terry, stunning pictures. It makes me want to get out and try some landscape photography. Wish I take a photography trip like that too. I'm glad to hear how well the m4/3s cameras worked for you. I'm pretty excited about that system.
Charles - flickr
Some shots from the glacial lagoon....oh how I dream for another go at this site. There is a big lagoon where the glacier calves of huge chunks of ice. The lagoon is right by the ocean and as the tide goes out some of the ice is pulled out with it. As the tide comes back in some ice gets deposited back on the black sandy beach. I posted one of the beach side shots early in this thread. Here are some shots from the lagoon. You could go there everyday and have a different amazing experience. The lagoon was very full when we were there so I tried to hone in on some details of smaller pieces.....
I love those sculptural ice forms!
We had a couple of tries at the lagoon bit is only now when you work on processing do you get better ideas of what you would have done differently.
Terry - it seems you must have a hard drive full of images that will keep you busy for some time from this trip, a wonderful feeling I bet. A hard drive full of inspiration!!!
HI all i am in IcelaND TOO... I am leaving tomorrow.. will post some shots
Mark, can't wait to see where you went and what you shot!
You inspired me to get going and actually scan some of the shots I took this summer. I have spent so much time processing and printing other people's work this summer that I have not really bothered with my own! I'll post some from Landmannalaugur in the analog non-leica m thread.
Great Stuart, I will have a look. The more I look at what I've got the more I want to come back and try again. Not that I hate what I have but more "things I learned along the way" LOL.
If anyone understands, I do. After 5 days I knew that I wanted to live here!
Love the ice sculptures Terry - especially the last two.
now I MUST go to bed - it's a quarter to three and my contact lenses are turning to crisps
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man these kick some major *** on this!!! more more!!!!
I started going through some shots. I have to state this was a family vacation and not meant to be a photo outing (as a main event). I did bring my hasselblad MF and a panasonic LX-3. I actually got more interesting shots with the later. I have to say there were a number of times I wanted to stop and take some photos but because of timing etc -- not able. I took one day and got up at 5am (although sunrise was 430a) and drove an hour to one of the national parks. Of course this was the one day there were no clouds in the skies-- or at least not until the afternoon. I did the best I could. Sunset was about 1045p and it remained dusky for most of the rest of the night and really did not have the energy to drive from the downtown out at least an hour. The cloud patterns in Iceland are fantastic in general. I would love to go back. I am posting a few shots. I have more to go through.
Nice photos Mark. I definitely agree with you guys that it can be hard to drive around Iceland with others. There are so many compelling images along the way. The best way to visit is usually to just rent a car and then you have complete control. But of course, that means you don't have a local guide and knowledge etc.
Terry, as for the glacier, it looks like Sólheimajökull to me. I could be wrong of course, but the black sand and surrounding green mountains makes me think it is. It is an offshoot of Myrdalsjökull in the south.
Stuart yes it is the Southern glacier you mentioned.. It is presumably under a volcano that is ready to blow any day within the next few years.