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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!

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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Cape May and the making of Lemonade

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We just finished our annual Cape May Photo Tour weekend and as usual we had a great group of talented and energetic photographers. Cape May is such a wonderful venue that even though we arrived 2 days early to scout the locations, we still did not cover all of our favorite spots!

In regard to making Lemonade. That’s a term of art that I use to illustrate how to deal with the challenges that photography can sometimes present. The shot above was our first stop with the tour group last Friday evening. The access to this point is very narrow allowing for only one photographer at a time. I needed to get my tripod in the water to get the reflection and wanted to show the shot to our clients as an example of one of the possible shots from this location. Considering that I had 10 people in line behind me, I just took a quick snap and on the back of the camera everything looked fine. When I started to process this shot I realized that while I had the foreground sharp, my depth of field was not sufficient to render the lighthouse as sharp as I would have preferred. So I used a couple of Flypaper Textures to give the shot a different feel and I think with the use of textures the importance of sharpness in the image becomes less important.

I also use and recommend the plugin “Dirty Pictures” from Totally Rad Software for managing and working with Textures in Photoshop.

We are planning to do our annual Cape May Weekend next year a littler earlier so we can photograph the iconic Cape May Boats that line the beach! Registration is open and it’s not too early to secure your spot on this tour… . If you want to keep up with all things Road Runner, please join our Meetup and our Mailing List (on the right side of this page).

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.

Palouse Year 3

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In a few days Denise and I will be heading to Washington for our Palouse Photography Tour. This is our third year doing tours in the Palouse. For those who don’t know, the Palouse is the largest wheat growing region in the country. The landscape is full of rolling hills, barns and my personal favorite, lots of old trucks.

We are looking forward to working with a great group of participants, several of whom have done other tours with us. We can’t wait to see what they create!

During the last 2 years we have mapped thousands of miles of country roads and, believe it or not, we will be scouting some new areas in the days before our participants arrive. I already know the week will fly by.  Did I say fly?  Stay tuned to this blog to see what that means.

 

Epic Iceland! 2015

There is really no way to describe… with words… the majesty of Iceland. This country is like no other! With incredible light and impressive landscapes, Iceland is a photographer’s paradise. Join us as we explore all of its nature wonders! For more information on our 2015 Epic Iceland tour, click here. Only 1 Spot Left!