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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!

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.

 

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.

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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Too Much of a Good Thing

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As I write this blog people in the mid-Atlantic states are digging out of a historic snowstorm. This time the predictions were amazingly accurate with almost a week’s warning prior to this historic storm. At the start of the storm I was hopeful that we would get a nice snow, but not so much that I could not get out and make some images. By the time the weekend was over we had well over 2 feet of snow. Getting out to make images in the fresh snow was not an option this time.

So instead of getting out to make some images, I have been stuck behind the computer working on presentations, website updates, and of course doing some image processing.

The image above was shot 2 years ago in Maine. During that trip there was only about a foot of snow as I recall and getting around was pretty easy compared to the leftovers from the current storm.

Smokies Wrap-up

_DTR0039A couple of weeks ago we wrapped up our Fall Foliage Tour in the Smokies. Temperatures were great during the day and cool evenings produced some fantastic fog. Overall fall color was a little late this year, but we were able to get peak color on the last days of our tour. This made for happy photographers!
Next year Denise and I will be doing our fall color tour in the Finger Lakes region of New York and we are super excited to share this new destination with our clients.

Speaking of next year, to celebrate the Nature Visions Expo were are offering a discount on our 2016 tours until the end of the month. Come visit us at Nature Visions or sign up on our website.

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Icelandic Highlands

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We just wrapped up our 2nd epic tour of Iceland. We had a great group of participants and in spite of some challenging weather, we got to see and photograph a lot of great locations.

The image above was taken in the Icelandic Highlands on a day with light rain and 60 mph winds.

We always rent 4×4 vehicles so we can take our clients into the Highlands. While Iceland offers much for the photographer without going into the Highlands, our clients agreed unanimously that going to the Highlands was essential and the long rough ride on the Icelandic “F” roads was well worth the extra expense and effort.

 

Iceland Awaits

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After almost a year of planning, Denise and I are soon to head back to one of our favorite places on the planet! We are leading a group of photographers on a tour of what we think are the best locations in Iceland. While we have seen much of what Iceland has to offer during our previous trips and tours, we know that much more remains to be discovered. So we are spending 5 days exploring the north of Iceland before our group arrives.

The photo above was taken in the Westfjords at a waterfall called Dynjandi. It’s a beautiful and stunningly large waterfall in a very remote location.

A Fleeting Moment

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Last Friday Denise and I arrived in Davis, WV just in time to be greeted by significant rain. I was making Denise drive so I could work on my motion abstracts when suddenly the sun pops out before it stopped raining. Without missing a beat Denise proclaims there must be a rainbow somewhere. I started looking around and sure enough there was one behind us over the Canaan Valley Wildlife Management area. We quickly turned in, jumped out, and started shooting.
From the time the sun popped out to the time the rainbow disappeared was about 5 minutes. These moments are fleeting and knowing our gear allowed us to jump out and start shooting. If you have to fumble with your gear you just might miss some opportunities.