Category Archives: Landscape Photography

Iceland Part II

We just returned from our second tour to Iceland this winter.  Our first tour was in December and our second was about a month later in January.   In this case what a difference a month makes. During our first trip temperatures were almost summer like and we had a lot more rain than we would have liked.  A month later the temperatures were in the teens for the early part of our tour and instead of rain we had snow.  

The good news was we were finally able to get into the ice caves.  Denise has posted images from the Ice Caves on our Facebook Page.  

The shot above was from our first afternoon with the group.  It was very windy and as a result the seas were quite stormy.  

We will return to Iceland this August and we still have one spot available

Iceland Bound

 

The blog has been a little quieter than we would like, so an update is overdue. We finished another fantastic year making images and leading photography tours with a week in Iceland being our last tour of the year. The image above was shot at Oxararfoss in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland.

December was a bit on the warm side for Iceland and as a result there had been no snow. The only disappointment was the Ice Caves were flooded due to warm temperatures and rain. But as a result of the warmer temperatures the glacier lagoon was not frozen and we had lots of ice chunks on the black sand beach. So Mother Nature took one thing from us but gave us another.

We leave again in a couple of days for another week in Iceland. What a great way to end one year and start another!

An Explosion of Color

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The shot above is a shot from above so to speak. A few weeks ago Denise and I spent a week in the Finger Lakes area of New York. The color was quite nice in a couple of areas and in many others areas the trees were early in the process of turning colors.

The image was taken from a Phantom 3 quadcopter. I have noticed that other photographers either love the idea of these photography platforms or hate them. I totally understand the love portion of this equation. But the hate portion I don’t understand. Like all things in life there will always be people who are reckless or careless. I can only speak for myself, but I always check for flight restrictions before flying and always try to fly in a safe and responsible manner.

To me, aerial photography is another venue to express and exercise creativity. I look forward to seeing where this technology will go next!

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We Love Cape May

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We Love Cape May

Each year since we started this adventure called Road Runner Photography Tours we have held a Cape May Tour. But truth be told, Cape May was a favorite of ours long before we started Road Runner. This year Mother Nature was quite nice and provided us with good sunrises and sunsets every day of the tour. But Cape May is so much more than just sunrises and sunsets, with the shore birds, salt marshes, fishing boats, people, and the list goes on.

 

Playing Catch Up

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The last several weeks have been a whirlwind and I have just now found time to update the blog. Our last post was about our annual star party at Spruce Knob. We followed that up with a Labor Day Weekend tour again in West Virginia. A number of our clients were concerned because heading into that weekend Hurricane Hermine was making her way up the east coast and rain was predicted. We were optimistic that everything would be fine and we were treated to really nice conditions throughout the weekend.

The image above was shot at Seneca Rocks at noon. I used an infrared converted Nikon D200 and then to get the motion of the clouds, I used a Singh-Ray 15 stop neutral density filter. This allowed me to expose for 5 minutes under the bright mid-day sun. We recommend Life Pixel for camera conversions. Click this link for more information on LifePixel.

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A Wonderful Weekend

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Last weekend we finished our 3rd annual astrophotography and camping meetup at Spruce Knob, WV. Each year the event becomes a little more popular and this year I think was the best yet.

This shot was taken on the far side of the lake looking north. The exposures were a collection of 2 minute exposures that spanned a period of about an hour and 45 minutes. I would have preferred to let the exposures keep going for 2 or 3 hours, but I was also expecting to get up early for sunrise and unfortunately I’m the type of person that needs a fair amount of sleep. I usually use Photoshop to assemble my star trails but this time decided to try StarStax and really like the little comets on the end of the each point of light. So I think I’ll be using StarStax a little more often.

If you want to join us on our next camping trip or any of our Meetup adventures be sure to check out our group.

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Mother Nature Puts on a Show

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Last night I had the pleasure of presenting my program on Abstract Photography to the Upper Uwchian Area Community Photography Club (UUACPC). On the drive home I could tell there were storms in the distance. As I neared the Maryland border I was finally able to get close enough and find a suitable foreground at the northern edge of the storm.

I did not have my lightning trigger with me, so I just set the camera to take 20 second exposures and just kept hitting the button.

If you belong to a camera club in the Mid-Atlantic Area and would like me or Denise to speak at your club please drop us a note.

Solitude

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When I started thinking about this blog, I was going to title it “How’s Your Friday Night?”. The only reason for that question is that I see others post pictures on social media asking such questions when they perceive their location is better at that moment in time than yours.

I’m not convinced that everyone would want to be standing in 3 feet of cold mountain water on a Friday Night. But this is how I spent last Friday evening and I can’t think of any place that I would rather have been. Even considering the mild case of poison ivy that was a result of this evening.

This little spot is hidden away on the upper part of the Rapidan River just inside of Shenandoah National Park. The road getting there is a bit of a rough ride and not something I would want to travel without a 4×4 truck. The entire evening I had this little portion of the park all to myself. I love doing tours, workshops and meetups but last Friday evening I really enjoyed the solitude of having this little spot all to myself.

A Passing Storm

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The meteorologist is predicting a thunderstorm. When this happens do you think about the photographic opportunities? I must admit that I do not always think about getting out when storms are imminent. But I do have a device called the Lightning Bug that makes capturing images of lightning much easier. The Lightning Bug plugs into the Hot Shoe on your DLSR and connects to the camera by cable, you set the sensitivity on the Lightning Bug and sit back and let the camera and Lightning Bug do all the work.

Perhaps it’s a little more difficult than that, you still need to make judgements about exposure and composition, but the Lightning Bug handles the difficult task of timing the exact moments of capture.

If your DLSR is not handy, I have had great results using an iPhone App called iLightning Cam to capture lightening with my iPhone.

Our Friends at Hunt’s also have a blog on using the Lightning Bug to capture Fireworks.

Our friend Alan Samiljan, at Hunt’s Photo and Video is having a sale this month on the Lightning Bug. It’s $20 off and includes a free cable. Give Alan a call at 781-662- 8822 if you would like to add this to your camera bag.

P.S. While Lightning can be a great subject for us landscape photographers, please be safe and don’t put yourself in harm’s way!!

The Return of Mother Nature

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This past weekend while my partner Denise was busy leading a Meetup in Assateague,  I decided to drive out to Shenandoah National Park.  My first plan was to spend the cloudy afternoon shooting waterfalls, but I lost a couple of hours due to a nail in one of my tires and the subsequent trip back to the city to get the tire repaired.   I still made it to the park in plenty of time for sunset.  The clouds were looking quite promising leading up to sunset, but the magical light never happened.

That’s okay, I still had plenty of time to shoot landscapes, abstracts and even do a little light painting after dark.   Just a few weeks ago the park suffered a forest fire that affected over 10,000 acres.  In the shot above you can see the fire damaged trees but at the same time other trees are leafing out.  I have no idea what the long term damage might be to some of the trees, but to this untrained observer it looks like Mother Nature is quickly repairing the damage.

 

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